Returning to teaching

If you have been out of teaching for a while and have allowed your registration to lapse, you will be required to re-register with us before returning to the classroom. It is a legal requirement for any teacher to be registered with us whilst teaching in a Scottish state school.

To re-register, you will need to request an application pack. You will be asked to join the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. We will also require an overseas police check if you have spent three months or more (in a single period) in a non UK country in the last ten years or you were born and have lived overseas until adulthood.

Once the registration process is complete, you will receive confirmation of your registration with us and your status will be reactivated.

Although not a requirement of GTC Scotland, some local authorities require teachers who have been out of the profession for a while to complete a return to teaching refresher course.

You may also wish to discuss your pension entitlement with the Scottish Public Pensions Agency.

Some tips for getting back into the classroom

See if your Local Authority runs refresher courses

Contact your Local Authority Education Department for information on any courses they are running in your area. These courses are sometimes run by universities.

Ask a local school if you can observe some classes

If you find that there are no arrangements in place in your area you could try contacting the head teacher of a local school to ask if you could observe some classes.

Read up on Curriculum changes

A lot has happened in Scottish Education in recent years. If you have been out of the classroom for a while you might find it helpful to review up-to-date curriculum documents for your subject and sector. The Curriculum for Excellence and the syllabus for secondary subjects will help. The Curriculum for Excellence can be obtained from Education Scotland and the syllabi for secondary subjects are available from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Arrange some Professional Learning

Consider looking into areas of professional learning to update your curriculum and/ or subject knowledge.