The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Provisional (Conditional) registration

Where an applicant does not fully meet one or more of the criteria for registration for teachers qualified outside Scotland or for Professional Registration (as set out in GTC Scotland's Registration and Standards Rules) GTC Scotland may grant provisional (conditional) registration.

What is Provisional (Conditional) Registration?

This type of registration means that the applicant's registration is subject to specified conditions which must be met within the stated period of time. Should the conditions not be met within the period of time specified his/her registration will be removed and he/she will not be permitted to re-register until the conditions have been met.

This type of registration may also include a period of probationary service, depending on the applicant's previous teaching service.

Who is eligible for this type of registration?

Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis which means that it is not possible for specific criteria for provisional (conditional) registration to be given here. However, the baseline for consideration for provisional (conditional) registration is as follows:

Applicants for initial registration who qualified outside Scotland

  • the applicant has a UK degree or a qualification equivalent to a UK degree (for Secondary teachers this should include study of the applicant's teaching subject area up to at least 40 SCQF credit points);
  • the applicant is deemed by GTC Scotland to have met the Standard for Provisional Registration (SPR) following completion of an initial teacher education programme (or a structured programme of study completed on an in-service basis, e.g. GTP). This initial teacher education programme must have been at Higher Education level (SCQF level 9 or above unless the applicant has gone on to complete further study of education at level 9 or above, e.g. Master of Education);
  • and the shortfall is not so large that it would be unrealistic for the applicant to meet the required condition(s) within a period of three years.

Applicants for professional registration who are already fully registered with GTC Scotland

  • the applicant has completed study of the additional subject in which registration is sought up to at least 40 SCQF credit points.

What condition(s) will apply?

The condition(s) that will apply will depend on the particular shortfalls that are identified in the applicant's own case. However, the conditions will generally require the applicant to complete a 'top-up' initial teacher education programme and/or to obtain additional Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credit points to meet particular academic education requirements.

Great care will be taken in setting conditions. They will be specific, achievable, measurable and will require to be satisfied within a specified time period.

Some possible examples would be:

  • an applicant who has completed the Graduate Teacher Programme (or similar employed based, non credit-bearing route to Qualified Teacher Status elsewhere in the UK), would be most likely to be required to meet the condition of completing an appropriate 'top up' initial teacher education programme within 3 years of registration;
  • an applicant who meets the Teacher Education criteria for registration in (Secondary Education) Mathematics but has study of Mathematics in their degree up to only 40 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7, would be most likely to be required to meet the condition of completing study of Mathematics up to 40 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 8 within 3 years of registration;
  • an applicant who meets the Academic Study and Teacher Education criteria for registration in (Secondary Education) Modern Foreign Languages (French), but has not met the foreign residence requirement for teachers of that language, would be required to meet the residence requirement within 3 years of registration.

How does Provisional (Conditional) Registration work in practice?

  1. Once your application has been assessed, your Case Assessor will issue you with a decision letter. This letter will include:
    • the shortfalls which have been identified in your qualifications;
    • what conditions you will need to meet in order to bring your qualifications into line with GTC Scotland's registration requirements;
    • what the time limit will be for meeting these conditions (this will be no more than 3 years).
  2. Along with the decision letter, you will also be issued with a Provisional (Conditional) Registration Order. You will be required to sign and return this to GTCS in order to confirm that you agree to meet the required conditions within the required period of time.

  3. In the case of applicants for initial registration (qualified outside Scotland), when you have returned the signed Provisional (Conditional) Registration Order your PVG Scheme application will be forwarded to Disclosure Scotland for processing. Once your PVG Scheme Record has been received you will be contacted regarding payment of the initial registration fee and, once this has been paid, you will become registered with GTCS. Your GTCS record will show that you hold provisional (conditional) registration and what the conditions on your registration are. NB although employing authorities will have access to this information via the Search the Register facility, you will also be expected to make any prospective employers aware of your registration status.

  4. One year after registration, if you have not already met the conditions on your registration, you will be required to provide GTCS with a progress report to show what actions you have taken to meet the conditions and when you expect to have met these in full. We will contact you if this is not received and ask for an update. Further updates will be requested after two years and two and a half years if you have not met the conditions by that point. NB we will ensure that there are processes in place that allow the deadline for condition completion compliance to be extended for ill health, maternity or similar reasons.

  5. Once you have met the conditions on your registration, and provided GTCS with evidence of this, either your registration will be updated to Provisional Registration and you will be advised of any probationary teaching service that you may still require to complete, or to Full Registration.

     

contacts

If you qualified outside Scotland and wish to discuss any part of the application process, you should contact Registration Services on:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

E: registration@gtcs.org.uk