The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

Frequently asked questions (FAQS) for QUALIFIED IN UK AND REGISTERED WITH NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP (NCTL), EDUCATION WORKFORCE COUNCIL (EWC) OR GENERAL TEACHING COUNCIL FOR NORTHERN IRELAND (GTCNI) - Automatic Recognition

General

1. Can you confirm whether or not I am eligible for registration before I submit my application for registration?

Unfortunately no, we are unable to confirm whether you are eligible for registration until you submit a formal application for registration with all the required documentation. This is because each case is different and a number of factors are taken into consideration.

2. I do not possess any formal teacher education qualifications. Can I still apply for registration?

At present, our Registration Rules do not permit registration of applicants who do not hold an appropriate teaching qualification.

3. I am going to complete my teacher education qualification in the near future. Can I apply for registration now?

You will have to complete your teacher education qualification before you can apply for registration.

4. I hold a QTS Certificate. Does this automatically allow me to teach in Scottish state schools?

It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish school to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland), therefore holding QTS in itself will not make you eligible to teach in Scottish schools.

5. I would like to find out more about the education system and the curriculum in Scotland. How can I do this?

We would recommend that you visit the Education Scotland website

Assessment Process/ Decision Outcomes

6. How long does the registration process take?

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) Wales or the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI), you may be eligible for Automatic Recognition with the GTC Scotland. If this is the case then your application should be processed and a decision made with the minimum of delay, assuming you provide all of the correct supporting documentation.

We would advise you to contact your nominated referee(s) to ensure they are willing to support your application – delays are often experienced because referees do not submit a report. The reference form will be sent to your nominated referee(s) via email, therefore, it is crucial that you provide their correct work email address.

7. What are the possible outcomes of the assessment of my application? Am I going to be offered full registration?

If you are eligible for automatic recognition then you will be awarded either full or provisional registration:

1. Full registration

This type of registration will be awarded because:

  • • You meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories; and
  • • You have successfully completed a one year induction period in the last five years and this is recorded against your record or we have received satisfactory referee reports on 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service (or 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in one school) completed within the last ten years.

2. Provisional Registration

This type of registration will be awarded because:

  • • You meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories;
  • • However, you have not successfully completed a one year induction period in the last five years or you do not have the necessary teaching service to meet requirements for full registration in the category in which we have been able to award you registration in.
8. How is it determined what registration category/subject(s) my application for registration is going to be considered for?

If you are eligible for automatic recognition, you will be awarded registration in whatever your record states you are qualified in and this will be checked with your registering body.

It is worth noting that currently we offer registration in the following subjects in Secondary Education:

Art & Design*, Biology with Science, Business Education*, Chemistry with Science, Classical Studies: Classics, Greek and Latin*, Computing*, Dance, Drama*, Economics, English*, Gaelic*, Geography, Geology, History, Home Economics*, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages*, Modern Studies*, Media Studies*, Music*, Philosophy, Physical Education*, Physics with Science, Philosophy, Psychology Religious Education*, Technological Education* and Sociology .

We also offer registration in:

Community Languages (Urdu and Polish)*(the 3 – 18 years age range), TESOL *(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (the 3 – 18 years age range), Additional Support Needs (the 3 – 18 years age range).

For more information on our requirements for registration in ASN, please visits our website here- Additional Support Needs Registration.

9. How am I going to be notified of the outcome of the assessment of my application?

Once a decision has been made we will email you informing you of the outcome and the reasons for the decision.

Salary Scale/ Contract types/ Teaching Positions in Scotland

10. If my application for registration is successful what pay scale I am going to be placed on?

Unfortunately the GTC Scotland has no remit over employment matters (such as pay scales, contracts, et cetera), therefore any decision on salary scales will be made by your employer.

However, your salary scale could be affected depending on the registration type (please see Assessment Process/ Decision Outcomes section for details) you are offered by the GTC Scotland. We would advise that you discuss options directly with any employer.

11. I only intend to do supply teaching. Do I still need to register with GTC Scotland?

It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish school to be registered with GTC Scotland.

12. Can I apply for teaching posts before I am registered with GTC Scotland?

You should contact the Local Education Authorities (listed here: Scottish education system) directly to check whether they would be willing to accept an application from you before you are registered with the GTC Scotland.

13. How do I find a teaching post in Scotland?

Information relating to teaching positions in Scotland (e.g. job vacancies, salary scales) should be sought from local education authorities directly. You may find it useful to look at My Job Scotland and the Times Education Supplement for Scotland (TESS) , which is published every Friday.

DOCUMENTS

14. In order to be considered for automatic recognition, the following documents must be submitted with your application:

Teaching qualification
This document will have been issued by the University/College where you qualified as a teacher and confirms your qualification.

Degree Certificate
This document will have been issued by the University/College where you qualified as a teacher and confirms your qualification.

15. I do not have a copy of my degree/ teacher education qualification transcript. What do I do?

If the awarding education institution is unable to provide you with a copy of this document, you should ask them to issue you with an official statement confirming the reason (e.g. they no longer hold any records for you). You will need to upload this document with your application for registration instead.

16. Certificate confirming successful completion of an induction period in the last five year

This can be obtained from your registered body National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) or General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI).

17. I am still waiting for some documentation (e.g. degree/teacher education qualification transcript, overseas criminal checks etc.). Can I apply now and send the outstanding documentation once I have received it?

You will not be able to complete your online submission unless the requested mandatory documentation is uploaded at time of applying.

18. Will failure to send in all the required documentation result in your application being delayed?

Your case assesor will contact you if any other documentation is required to reach a decision. It is important that you provide any additional documentation within the timescale given by your assesor.

References on my teaching employment

19. Do I have to nominate referees?

If you have successfully completed a one year induction period in the last five years you are not required to supply referee details.

20. Why do you need details of my referee(s)?

If you have not successfully completed a one year induction period in the last five years, we take up referee reports on your teachings service and this allows us to consider whether we may be able to waive or reduce the probationary service requirement. We would recommend that you list all of the schools where you were employed as a teacher (within the last 10 years and after you gained your teacher qualification, including your current post) and give details of a referee. This will allow us to give your application the fullest possible consideration.

21. Who can I nominate as my professional referee?

You will need to nominate a senior member of staff (i.e. Head teacher (Principal), Acting/ Deputy Head (Principal) or Head of Department) at the school where you taught, who is in a positon to comment on your teaching ability.

We will ask you to provide the following details:

  • • their full name,
  • • position held at the school where you taught,
  • • their up-to-date work email address.

We will contact your referees directly via email, once your application has been received. They will be asked to complete a report on your teaching ability in English and return it to us.

22. My referee is no longer employed at the school where I taught. What do I do?

We are able to accept reference reports completed by a senior member of staff who is no longer employed at the school where you taught. In this case the school (or the Local Education Authority) has to confirm in writing that your nominated referee was a senior member of staff at the school when you were employed there. You will be required to submit this statement with your application for registration.

23. I work on a supply basis. Can I nominate my recruitment agency as my referee?

Unfortunately, this is not possible because agencies will only give the dates you were employed in a school and will be unable to comment on your professional ability as a teacher.

24. My referee does not speak or cannot write in English. Would you consider a reference report completed in a language other than English?

All referee reports must be given in English so that they can be read and understood by your case assessor. You may want to contact your referee to check whether there is an English speaking member of staff currently employed at the school who would be able to assist with completing the report in English.

25. My referee wants to submit their own professional reference letter. Is this acceptable?

We prefer that referees use the form supplied by the GTC Scotland as this covers the areas that your case assessor needs to assess.

Probation in Scotland

26. How is probation calculated?

Teachers in Scotland are required to complete a probationary period of 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service (or 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in one school). Full details of probationary service can be found at www.in2teaching.org.uk.

If you have already completed satisfactory teaching service in your subject area within the last 10 years, we may be able waive the probationary service requirements, provided we can obtain a satisfactory reference from your nominated referee(s). The number of days’ satisfactory teaching service that you have completed within the last 10 years will be deducted from the maximum possible number of days (270). Please note that we can only consider paid teaching employment given after you qualified as a teacher.

Please note that we are unable to consider the following types of service towards a probationary period:

voluntary service; teaching assistant/language assistant posts; nursery/early years practitioner posts; private tutoring; after school classes/clubs; service given as part of your student teaching practice; service given before you qualified as a teacher, service given more than 10 years ago.

27. I taught my subject elsewhere in the UK (or overseas). Can you consider this service?

Yes we will consider all teaching service provided we obtain satisfactory referee reports and the service was within the last 10 years.

28. I have been teaching since I qualified as teacher, however, all of this service was given outwith my teaching qualification subject area. Can this service be still considered?

Yes it can, although this service would only count as 45% of any probation period. This is because it was service away from the subject or sector that you qualified in.

29. I have not taught since I qualified as a teacher (or within the last 10 years). Can I still apply for registration?

If you have not taught since you qualified as a teacher or within the last 10 years, we will consider your application for registration. However, it is very likely that you will be considered for provisional registration and you will be required to complete a period of probationary service.

30. All of my teaching service was given as part of my student teaching practice. Can I still apply for registration with GTC Scotland?

If you recently qualified and you have not yet started out on your teaching career you can still apply for registration, however, with no teaching service, it is likely that you will be required to complete a probationary period.

PVG/EPVG/Criminal Record check

31. What is the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme?

Under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 individuals undertaking regulated work with children and/or protected adults are required to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. The PVG Scheme is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland (DS). DS provides this service as a means of enhancing security and public safety and protecting the vulnerable in society.

The GTC Scotland are duty bound to carry out appropriate criminal record checks on all applicants for registration. DS carries out checks for ALL convictions and cautions held against an applicant including spent convictions. These checks include any non-conviction data held by police that may be relevant.

32. I am not a member of the PVG Scheme. What do I do?

Once we have received your application for registration we will send you the relevant PVG application form for completion. Once you have completed the form, you will need to return it to us by post. Please do not send your PVG application to Disclosure Scotland. The Scottish Government have decided that there is a £59 fee to join the PVG Scheme or £18 for an Existing Member check and this is payable by you.

33. I am already a member of the PVG Scheme. What do I do?

We are required to carry out an Existing Member check and once we have received your application for registration we will send you the relevant PVG application form for completion. The Existing Member check covers the period from when you joined the scheme up to the present date.

Please note that if, on receipt of your Existing Member check, additional information has been declared, you will be required to complete a Full Scheme Record Check.

Once DS have finalised their check they will send you the results and a copy to the GTC Scotland. Please note that there is always a time lag between you receiving the information and the GTC Scotland receiving it.

Please visit PVG Scheme and Overseas Checks for more information.

34. I hold a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check). Is this the same as the PVG Scheme membership?

A DBS check is distinct from a PVG check and therefore you will be required to complete the PVG documentation.

35. I lived overseas. Do I need to provide you with a copy of my Overseas Criminal Record check?

We require an overseas criminal record from the following applicants:

  • • those who have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non UK country in the last ten years
  • • those who were born and have lived overseas until adulthood

If this applies to you, please obtain an official statement confirming you do not have any criminal record proceedings pending. The police check should cover the entire country, not just one state or province; for example, we require FBI clearance for the USA and RCMP clearance for Canada.

The statement can be obtained from:

  • • police or judicial authorities
  • • government departments
  • • the Home Embassy/ consulate of your country

Statements are only valid for application purposes for a period of six months from the date of issue. This does not apply if you relocated to the UK before the six month period expired and have not been a resident in the country concerned since.

36. I obtained a copy of my Overseas Criminal Record check some time ago, however, I have not been back in the country concerned since. Is it still valid?

Yes, if you relocated to the UK before the six month period expired and have not been a resident in the country concerned since.

37. Who do I need to contact to obtain a copy of my Overseas Criminal Record check?

Please visit Canada Visa for more information.

Although this website is called Canada Visa, it provides a list of all countries, providing useful addresses, email addresses and contact telephone numbers to help you obtain an Overseas Police check.

38. I am currently based in the UK. How can I obtain the FBI check which requires fingerprinting?

You may obtain this via one of their accredited 'channelers'.

Please visit the link below for more information.

www.fbi.gov/services/cjis/compact-council/list-of-approved-channelers

FEES

39. How much does it cost to register?

The total cost of registering with GTC Scotland as a teacher will be either £189 or £148 depending on the level of PVG check you are required to complete. The amount breaks down as follows:

  • • Processing Fee (non-refundable) - £65. Is paid at the point of application
  • • PVG Scheme membership (or EPVG) -£59 (£18)
  • • Initial Registration Fee - £65. Is paid only if registration is offered
  • • Total £189 (£148)

Please note that the above fees are all deducted at different stages of the registration process. Please also note the Processing Fee and the Initial Registration Fee are two separate fees.