The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Scottish Government Announcement


The Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, has made an announcement to Parliament today

A letter from Mr Swinney, setting out the Scottish Government’s response to the Empowering Scotland’s Schools consultation, can be found via the following link:

Read the letter to teachers and practitioners from John Swinney

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) welcomes the Deputy First Minister’s announcement to Parliament today. We feel that this is a pragmatic decision which recognises the amount of change already in the Scottish education system. It also acknowledges the hard work being done by Headteachers and teachers to close the poverty-related attainment gap and the need to let this work continue. We will consider the statement by the Deputy First Minister in more detail and our governing Council will review any implications for GTCS that arise from it.

We are pleased that the Deputy First Minister has responded to concerns raised by the teaching profession about the creation of an Education Workforce Council Scotland, a position that was supported by the clear, strong, and comprehensive opposition to this proposal in the consultation returns. In doing so he has recognised the value and benefits of the work of GTCS. In line with the Deputy First Minister’s announcement, we will continue to work closely with Scottish Government to consider how a wider range of educational professionals most directly involved in teaching might be registered with GTCS.

Scottish Government also published today the first report from the International Council of Education Advisers (ICEA), following the initial two-year period of its appointment.

Read the ICEA report

Other associated publications relating to the announcement today can be found on the following page: