The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Independent Schools Registration

Do I need to be registered with GTCS?

As of 1 October 2017 all teachers working in Independent Schools (including Education Through Care Establishments) are required to register with GTCS in accordance with the Registration of Independent Schools (Prescribed Person) (Scotland) Regulations 2017.

Important: we have provided a useful definition of a teacher in our FAQ section below.

I am being appointed as a teacher at a school after 1 October 2017

You are required to be GTCS registered before taking up your post. Our standard registration requirements will apply to you and the relevant information and application form can be found here.

I was employed as a teacher at my current school before 1 October 2017

You have until 1 October 2020 to obtain GTCS registration.

There are a number of registration categories available to teachers in the sector. A list of these is provided below. Additional categories, which will provide even greater flexibility, are in development.

I am currently employed at a school in a non-teaching role and would like to become a teacher there

If you are currently employed at a school in a non-teaching role (e.g. Teaching Assistant) you will need to meet the standard GTCS registration requirements (including holding a recognised degree and teaching qualification) before being appointed to a teaching post or taking on sole responsibility for the roles and responsibilities of a teacher. These roles and responsibilities are set out in the FAQs below under Definition of a Teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is covered by the new regulations? What is the definition of a teacher?
What can I do now to prepare for registration?
What are the qualifications required to achieve full registration with GTCS?
I have been awarded QTS elsewhere in the UK, after completion of an emplotment based route. What options are open to me?
I'm an ASN teacher - can I register in ASN?
I would like to study for a teaching qualification. Are there any available for teachers in Independent Schools that I can complete whilst in post?
I am a supply teacher. Do I need to register?

Route maps to registration

Application Forms


If you require any further advice about Independent School registration, please contact Claire Williamson, Registration Assessment Team Leader

t: 0131 314 6050