GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Support from the GTCS Education Team

There is a range of professional advice and support available to registrants from GTC Scotland's Education Team

The Education Team deals with a very wide range of issues every day and the team can provide support in all areas of our work but, to make sure that registrants receive in-depth information and advice, officers lead in particular areas of our work.

The Early Career Team supports the areas of our work involving students, probationers and those teachers in the first three years of their career. This includes the administration of the Student Placement System (SPS) and the Teacher Induction Scheme (TIS). This team is led by Elaine Napier, Senior Strategic Manager. Elaine is the key contact for probation managers across Scotland.

Professional Update and Quality Assurance is led by Senior Strategic Manager David Graham. David offers advice to all registrants, local authorities and independent schools on all aspects of Professional Update (PU), including using MyGTCS, sign-off processes across the various systems, validations, revalidations, Direct Submissions and deferrals.  David is the key contact for PU leads.

Charlaine Simpson, Senior Education Officer leads on the accreditation and reaccreditation of all Initial Teacher Education Programmes, accreditation of TQFE, and Professional Update for the university sector and national organisations. Charlaine is the key contact for providers of teaching qualifications.

Jacqueline Morley, Senior Education Officer, leads on many aspects of career-long professional learning to support the delivery of the National Professional Learning model.  Jac’s responsibilities include supporting professional recognition and  working with partners to support the Standard for Headship. Jac leads on coaching and mentoring as a framework for supporting effective professional learning and growth.

Sharon Smith, Senior Education Officer, is seconded to the team from a Scottish local authority and leads on the Excellence in Professional Learning Awards as well as our developments around Professional Review and Development (PRD) and other aspects of professional learning. Sharon is leading a range of work in relation to equalities and diversities and teacher wellbeing in collaboration with a range of partners.

GTC Scotland is working with partners to undertake a major project to register all college lecturers in Scotland. This complex development is led by Senior Education Officers Dr Carol Langston and Vikki Robertson. Carol and Vikki are responsible for working in partnership with key groups from Scotland’s colleges and national bodies to deliver effective routes to registration for college lecturers as a result of national agreements in relation to college lecturer employment terms and conditions. This builds on our previous work supporting Professional Update for the college sector. 

The Registration Services Department, led by John Adams, Senior Manager for Operations, manages all requests to register with GTC Scotland from teachers undertaking ITE programmes in Scotland, those qualified outwith Scotland and lecturers seeking registration in further education. All teachers are required to register with GTC Scotland as a result of legislation. A registration programme for college lecturers is underway. Lecturers require to be registered with GTC Scotland as a result of their employment terms and conditions.

All of GTC Scotland’s work in the areas of education, registration and professional learning is led by Dr Pauline Stephen, Director of ERPL.   

Pauline is responsible for ensuring that our work enhances teacher and lecturer professionalism and supports GTC Scotland’s statutory principal aims to contribute to improving the quality of learning and teaching and to maintain and improve teachers’ professional standards. In partnership with others, Pauline and the team have recently refreshed the suite of Professional Standards for teachers in Scotland with these due to be formally enacted in August 2021.

Get in touch

GTC Scotland is keen that, as a registrant, you have an opportunity to access and work with the range of officers.

You can access them by simply contacting the GTC Scotland reception on 0131 314 6000 or emailing them directly: