Where does GTC Scotland spend the Registration Fee?
The General Teaching Council for Scotland is fully funded by teachers’ registration fees. These fees are used to support a range of work designed to bolster and protect the professional reputation of the teaching profession, and support career long professional learning.
GTCS acts in the public interest to ensure confidence in our registrants, we set standards and promote high-quality professional learning for registrants at all stages of their careers, and we enhance professionalism in education through support and guidance.
For students and probationers:
- quality assure all ITE courses to improve student teacher experiences.
- facilitate student teacher placements through SPS
- support the transition from student teacher to probationer
- support probationers, supporters, headteachers and managers by providing profiles and support materials
- regular newsletters throughout the probation year and information on the in2teaching website to support probationers
For all teachers:
- support teachers through the Professional Update process and provide Professional Learning recording systems
- offer Professional Registration - a route which allows registered teachers to register in additional categories
- assess and help teachers onto the Register from across the world
GTC Scotland spends the Registration Fee in four main areas. Click on the area for more information:
Professional Learning 37%
Fitness to Teach 33%
Teacher Education 17%
37% of the fee is spent on Education Services. This includes the work of the GTCS Senior Education Team. This team work to develop education policy and significant projects, initiatives and developments in education, registration and professional learning. Our Senior Education Officers also carry out external work, representing GTCS on a number of national groups.
Fitness to Teach
33% of the fee covers the costs incurred in administering Fitness to Teach procedures. This includes the costs of:
- Investigating complaints made against registered teachers
- Considering all applications for registration in which there are criminal conviction or disciplinary or regulatory information disclosed
- Working with agencies such as Police Scotland and Disclosure Scotland to share information about registered teachers and applications for registration
- Promoting the concept of "Fitness to Teach" to all stakeholders
- Managing and supporting the adjudication by Fitness to Teach panels of cases referred for a hearing
- Managing and supporting the adjudication by the Appeals Board of internal appeal cases
- Servicing and providing procedural and legal advice to Panels and the Appeals Board
- Scheduling all GTCS Panel meetings
13% of the fee goes towards all aspects of teacher registration including the registration of teachers qualified outside of Scotland, lapsed teachers, FE lectures and the work involved in collecting and processing the registration fee. This also covers all aspects of post registration process including the Teacher Induction Scheme and Flexible Routes to Full Registration, Standard for Headship, Professional Recognition, Professional Registration and Professional Update.
17% of the fee goes towards teacher education, including all aspects of student support and administration. This includes facilitating the Student Placement System, which allows Universities to match their student teachers to placements, allocation onto the Teacher Induction Scheme and subsequent registration of students who successfully complete their course of Initial Teacher Education and are deemed to be fit to teach.
Resources are also allocated to customer service, and communications and council governance, which feed into each of the four areas above.
Communications costs include:
- Maintenance and development of the GTCS website and in2teaching website
- Public Relations - dealing with media enquiries and Freedom of Information requests
- Customer Service - dealing with incoming enquiries and managing complaints
- The design and publication of Teaching Scotland magazine, the Annual Report and other publications to inform and educate registrants and the public about GTCS work
- Events including National Talks, National Probationer Event, Standard for Headship Event and attendance and support of other national education events arranged by external organisations.
Governance processes and member support services related to the GTCS Council and its committees and panels, including costs incurred through:
- The election of registrants to Council, the nomination of Council members by stakeholder organisations and the appointment of lay Council members
- The appointment of committee and panel members
- Induction, training, development, performance review, oversight of meeting attendance, and ongoing provision of information and support for members
- The effective administration and smooth management of Council and committee meetings