GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Celebrating leadership and reimagining the future on World Teachers’ Day 2020

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October every year, commemorating the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.

This year’s theme is “leading in crisis, reimagining the future”, as the pandemic continues to create new challenges and obstacles. Teachers have continued to provide their pupils with education either from home or in hubs and now back in the classroom.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland said, “Over the last six months, teachers in Scotland have had to show resilience and dedication in coping with the considerable demands placed on them as a result of Covid. These demands are not always well understood by those outwith education but have included maintaining meaningful learning and teaching for learners, embracing new ways of teaching and supporting learners to re-engage in their learning. 

“Our experience over the past six months gives an ideal opportunity to review what we want from our Scottish education system for the future. Whatever that future might be, the professionalism and commitment of teachers will play a key role in realising our shared vision for a world-class education system that meets the needs of all learners.”

Taking care of yourself

Self-care has become ever more important since the pandemic began in March. GTC Scotland continues to update the Health and Wellbeing Hub with helpful resources. The latest resource is the first Wellbeing Wednesday session, presented by Claire Lavelle, Hive of Wellbeing, on self-renewal practises. Wellbeing Wednesday webinars will occur on the last Wednesday of every month. To sign up for future sessions, visit the Events page.