The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Return to Teaching courses return this September

The University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde are offering Return to Teaching courses, which aim to support teachers back into the profession



This course is run by the University of Edinburgh and partnership authorities. This course is most relevant for:

  • Those wishing to return to teaching after a period away.
  • Those wishing to teach in Scotland for the first time from both Primary and Secondary sectors.
  • Those wishing to engage with the course to support a Professional Update submission to GTCS.
  • Teachers in the independent sector to support a potential GTCS registration application.

The course will be delivered in an online format over 10 weeks with two face-to-face sessions. Participants will be expected to attend both sessions at Moray House School of Education, the University of Edinburgh, if possible on Saturday 1 September and Saturday 9 November.

The course is designed with measurable online participant engagement and an optional observation placement in schools with the relevant local authorities’ agreement for up to three days.

Overall course aims:

  • Understand and critically engage with current National Education Policy and the Professional Teaching Standards in Scotland, providing teachers with information on recent changes in national priorities.
  • Work together to develop an awareness of professional identity and teacher professionalism, discovering yourself as a learner and as a practitioner committed to career long professional learning.
  • Developing a critical awareness of own current values, beliefs and practices and how these align with the Professional Standards and current educational policy in Scotland.
  • Consider and engage with key concepts of social justice in the classroom and develop strategies for a socially just classroom.
  • Understand key legal and policy requirements relating to inclusive policies and strategies in school to address barriers to learning.
  • To advise on and engage with current curriculum guidelines and their implications for professional practice and planning.
  • To increase confidence in completing applications & preparing for interview.

Content includes:

GTCS Professional Standards, Learning for Sustainability, Curriculum for Excellence, Planning for Learning, Child Protection Policy, Inclusion, Race, Culture and Diversity, Additional Support Needs, Positive Relationships, Assessment Processes including SQA National Qualifications.

Feedback from previous participants:

“Great breadth of relevant and current issues and topics”
“I feel really equipped and empowered as I get back into teaching”
“It exceeded my expectations and increased my professional confidence”

More information

Learn more and book your place at:

If you have any questions, please contact:

This course will run from 24 August to 9 November, 2018.


The University of Strathclyde is offering a face-to-face course which is relevant to both Primary and Secondary teachers and consists of ten, 3-hour twilight sessions on a Wednesday evening from 17:30-20:30 at the Lord Hope Building.

The course is delivered by staff from the University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh, Education Scotland, GTC Scotland, schools and local authorities.

Content includes:

How to Get a Job, How to Get Registered with GTC Scotland, What Headteachers Expect, Curriculum for Excellence, Closing the Attainment Gap, Visits to Schools, Managing Pupil Behaviour and Classroom Ethos, Technology in the Classroom, Child Protection, Option of School Visits and Voluntary Work.

Feedback from a previous participant:

“I left the Lord Hope Building every Wednesday evening feeling completely and utterly inspired and I will certainly miss my RTT class.”

More information

Learn more and book your place at:

This course will run from 5 September - 21st November 2018.