The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Independent Schools Registration

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

Teachers who are appointed to posts in Independent Schools from 1 October 2017 will be required to be GTCS registered before they take up their post. Our standard registration requirements will apply to these teachers and the relevant information and application form can be found here.

It has been agreed that teachers already appointed to posts in Independent Schools prior to 1 October 2017 will be given three years to obtain GTCS registration (i.e. by 1 October 2020). The information provided in this section is intended for these teachers and their schools.

A number of registration categories are already available and further categories, which will provide further flexibility, will be in development during the 2017/2018 session.

GTCS has undertaken a number of actions to support the effective implementation of mandatory registration within the Independent School sector.

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?

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