News RSS FeedCopyright (c) 2019 Activeditionen<![CDATA[New funding to support Holocaust education for teachers across Scotland]]>New funding granted to Vision Schools Scotland hopes to promote better education about the Holocaust

Teachers across Scotland will be given the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust thanks to new funding for Vision Schools Scotland, the organisation set up by University of the West of Scotland (UWS) in partnership with the Holocaust Educational Trust to promote excellence in teaching the Holocaust in schools.

  The funding, which was granted by The Gordon Cook Foundation and the Association of Jewish Refugees, will help Vision Schools Scotland develop its accreditation process and the continued professional development (CPD) courses it offers teachers in primary and secondary schools across the country.

Vision Schools Scotland was first established in 2017 to create a schools’ network of good practice in Holocaust education. It acknowledges schools who embed Holocaust education in their school, who exercise a sustainable approach to teaching the Holocaust and who can demonstrate how Holocaust education contributes to responsible citizenship in their school. This involves schools exploring the wider, contemporary relevance of learning from the Holocaust, as well as learning about the Holocaust.

Dr Paula Cowan, Reader in Education at the University of the West of Scotland and Director of Vision Schools Scotland, said: “We want to support every school applying to our programme and develop our network of teachers who can share good practice with their peers. Since our launch in 2017, five secondary and two primary schools have received the Vision Schools Scotland Award, which recognises excellence in Holocaust teaching. Teacher evaluation of our programme demonstrates that Vision Schools Scotland is making a valuable contribution to both their own and their colleagues’ reflective practice.

We look forward to working with these schools, as well as new schools who want to become a Vision School, and to working more closely with our partners, The Holocaust Educational Trust and our funders to the engagement of greater numbers of teachers in high quality CPD in Holocaust education.”

Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said: “Vision Schools Scotland has been working effectively with schools and teachers to promote excellence in Holocaust teaching. This funding means that their work can expand further in the coming years and we look forward to continuing to work in partnership with them on this.”

Jim Anderson, Trustee of the Gordon Cook Foundation, said: “The Gordon Cook Foundation is looking forward to working with Vision Schools Scotland to raise awareness of the Holocaust in schools across Scotland. We believe the mission of Vision Schools is an important one in today’s society.”

Michael Newman, Chief Executive of the Association of Jewish Refugees, said: “The most important step we can take to ensure that the Holocaust is taught successfully in schools is to provide opportunities for continuing professional development for teachers. The Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) is pleased to support the ground-breaking Vision Schools Scotland programme to create a network of expert practitioners across Scotland.”

Further information

To find out more about Vision Schools Scotland and this new initiative, visit their website:

<![CDATA[Fundraising heroes wanted]]>Cash for Kids is encouraging schools to don their superhero alter egos to raise funds for children and schools in Scotland

 Based across five areas of Scotland, Cash for Kids supports local children, charities, schools, projects and community groups, to ensure children living in poverty, suffering from life-limiting illness and with additional support needs have the opportunity to live their lives to the full and realise their individual potential.

Friday 10 May marks Superhero Day and the charity wants as many schools as possible to get involved and dressed up, to raise funds to help local children. The event is a great way for schools to have some fun and raise funds and you don’t have to stop at dressing up. Why not hold a bake sale with some super themed cakes and treats or even a superhero mask making competition? Whatever you decide to do will have a real impact on children in your local area. Last year, the event raised £710,000 across the UK.

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Supporting local children is an essential part of what Cash for Kids does, meaning that every penny raised locally stays locally. A minimum of 80p of every £1 goes direct to children, guaranteeing that your fundraising is helping those on your doorstep.

Cash for Kids also funds schools through their quarterly grant giving. Schools can apply to Cash for Kids for funding of specialist equipment, breakfast clubs, or other support for children who are disadvantaged.

More information

If you would like to support Cash for Kids with their upcoming Superhero Day on Friday 10 May, or if you would like more information about applying for a grant, please contact Alice Edwards at Radio Forth’s Cash for Kids in Edinburgh at or on 0131 475 1300.

<![CDATA[MyBenefits app]]> MyBenefits app launches with discounts and offers for teachers


GTC Scotland has launched an exciting new mobile app, through which registrants can access unique discounts and exclusive offers.

The MyBenefits app provides all GTC Scotland registrants with access to discounts and resources to make their lives easier.

To celebrate the launch of the MyBenefits app, in association with Barrhead Travel, GTC Scotland is offering one lucky winner a £250 gift voucher for use towards selected flights, cruises, package holidays, weekend breaks, spa days, and tickets for attractions and shows.

To be in with a chance of winning the voucher, simply download the MyBenefits app to your phone.

Through the MyBenefits app, teachers can receive money off when they book holidays with Barrhead Travel, as well as discounts on bookings with, Forest Holidays, Haven and Canvas Holidays, savings on high street gift cards from Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Asda, discounts of up to 30% on Hotpoint white goods and appliances, and offers on dining out and motoring services.

GTC Scotland has teamed up with UK loyalty and rewards provider Countdown to develop a range of relevant offers. In addition, professional resources such as financial advice from Wesleyan, money off AOK Learning courses and book discounts from Lynda Keith Education are available.

Registrants of GTC Scotland can also receive a discounted John Muir Trust membership as an introductory offer for new members. 

Find out more

Download the app from the Google or Apple app stores - search for 'GTCS MyBenefits'.       

You will be asked to enter your GTCS registration number, name and email address when you login to the app for the first time.

<![CDATA[Annual registration fee 2019]]> Information on paying your annual registration fee

The processes and procedures used to collect the annual registration fee start in March each year. Fees are collected in two main ways, but most teachers pay through the Deducted at Source (DAS) process, meaning that the fee is deducted directly from your salary and subsequently paid to GTC Scotland by your employer.

Did you know you can claim a Tax Deduction on your GTCS Registration Fee?

Find out how here:

Registration fee - tax deduction

The DAS process applies to teachers who are in employment as a teacher in Scotland on 1 April. All local authorities in Scotland use the DAS process and many other employers also use it; however, it is important that individual teachers check their pay statements for March and April to ensure that their annual registration fee has been taken. If the payment has not been deducted from your salary, please do not worry as GTC Scotland will contact you to give you payment methods.

We endeavour to ensure that the DAS payment process works well but should you experience any issues please contact us as soon as possible so that we can work closely with you and your employer to resolve any difficulties regarding processing the payment of your registration fee.

If your annual registration fee is not paid through the DAS process, you will receive notification in early May with guidance on how to pay your fee.

We would ask all registrants to note that failure to pay their annual registration fee is likely to lead to them being removed from the Register of Teachers and therefore unable to work as a teacher in Scotland.

Keeping your details up to date

Please ensure that you keep your contact details up to date.

 You can update your details by using our secure online facility – MyGTCS. You can do this by logging in to your MyGTCS account or, if you haven't already done so, sign-up for an account by following the screen prompts.

 Login to MyGTCS

 If you would like any further information on the process, or to alert us of any issues experienced please email:

<![CDATA[SCEL Legacy Fund]]> A new fund to support teacher professional learning is being set up as a legacy of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership

The outgoing Board of the Scottish College for Educational Leadership (SCEL) is to establish a SCEL Legacy Fund to assist the promotion of professional learning and leadership in Scotland’s schools.

The Board, which is currently taking steps to close down the independent company which was set up in 2014, has £75,326 remaining after grants have been repaid to Government and the costs due to other creditors have been met. This sum will become the SCEL Legacy Fund.

Since the roles and functions of SCEL are now transferred to Education Scotland, and it is in the process of being dissolved as a corporate body, the SCEL Board sought a similarly motivated partner body which could hold the Legacy Fund and manage its distribution.

The Board identified the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) as the most appropriate body to take on this function. Scottish professional associations have also agreed to appoint suitably experienced individuals to serve on a selection panel which will choose which projects should be supported from the Legacy Fund. The panel will also include a senior representative of GTCS and Professor Anthony Finn from the outgoing SCEL Board.

The SCEL Legacy Fund will be used to establish a bursary programme for teachers at all stages of their professional careers. For as long as it lasts, the funding will support individual or group projects which are not currently provided for or funded by employers.

Starting this spring, teachers will be invited to put forward submissions to GTCS to seek financial support for professional learning programmes, activities or courses which allow them to improve their practice, pedagogy, subject knowledge and leadership, and to support improved outcomes for young people in Scotland. Ideally, this will be by means of a project or piece of professional enquiry which can sustain and develop the leadership skills and the professional learning of teachers.

The chair of the SCEL Board, Professor Anthony Finn, said:

“The Board is very proud of the exceptional progress which SCEL has achieved since 2014. It is a widely respected body which was characterised by its agility, its flexibility and its willingness to engage openly with local authorities, schools and teachers, while putting in place well-designed programmes which meet their needs. This Legacy Fund, targeted directly at the support of teachers’ professional learning, seems an appropriate way to ensure that these strong messages are continued while SCEL develops its new role within Education Scotland.”

GTCS Chief Executive, Ken Muir, welcomed this development:

“It is well recognised that successful education systems invest in developing teachers as reflective and enquiring professionals who can engage with the complexities of education and be key agents in shaping and leading educational change. The SCEL Legacy Fund will help to support teachers in their career-long professional learning and GTC Scotland is delighted to be playing a key role in that.”

It is hoped that the Legacy Fund will complement the ongoing work of the former SCEL staff who are now working hard to promote leadership and professional development within Education Scotland.

More information

The group that will oversee the SCEL Legacy Fund will soon meet to determine the criteria for the bursary. GTC Scotland will then announce further details about the submission process.