How do I engage with the Standards?

In this section you will find some useful information to help you engage with the GTCS Professional Standards:

Self-evaluation and the Standards

Self-evaluation and using the Standards as part of this process, is an integral part of the Professional Update process. But what does self evaluation look like? In this section you will find detailed advice and guidance on self-evaluation and using the Standards. A wide range of support resources are provided.

Support Resources

In this section you will find key resources that you can use to help you engage and/ or support others as they engage with the Standards. This includes:

  • Self-evaluation tools and coaching resources
  • Suggested workshops to stimulate thinking about the Standards

Professional values into action

The professional values are at the core of the Standards. This section provides advice on ways individuals might think about the values and how these are reflected in professional actions.

Learning for Sustainability

Learning for Sustainability is embedded throughout the Professional Standards. It is a whole-school, system wide commitment that focuses on developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values and practices needed to take decisions which are compatible with a sustainable future in a just and equitable world. In this section we look at 3 key aspects:

  • What is learning for sustainability?
  • Why learning for sustainability?
  • What does it mean for me?


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000

Glossary of Terms

We have put together a useful glossary of terms to help define terms used throughout our Standards.


We have put together a Bibliography to help you with your further reading on our Professional Standards.

Academic Journals

We provide all registrants with free online access to the Education Source - EBSCO package and the Leadership & Management Learning Centre. Education Source is a collection of over 1,700 education journals. You can view the following journals:

Sachs, J., "The Activist Professional", Journal of Educational Change, vol.1, no.1, January 2000, 77-95.

Sachs, J., "The Activist Professional and the Reinstatement of Trust", Cambridge Journal of Education; Nov 2002, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p341-358, 18p.