The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Notice of Election to GTC Scotland's Council

Have your say in shaping the future of the profession.

Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) Election Scheme and Election Policy, an election of GTC Scotland registered teachers to serve on the independent Council is about to be held.

In line with the Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011 this election is part of a rolling programme of elections, nominations and appointments for half of the Council members every two years.

The aim is to provide operational continuity within Council. Registrants are to be elected to fill 12 of the 19 elected registered teacher seats on Council for a four-year term. Registered teachers elected to Council will take up office on 2 April 2020.

Nominations have now closed as of 20 September 2019


What you need to do

Make sure:

  • you are in the correct election/voting category in order to stand for election or vote;
  • we hold an up-to-date email address for you so that you receive information about the election, candidates and your unique PIN to enable you to vote.

You can update your details online and request a change to your election/voting category through MyGTCS:

Further information on the election and voting categories is available at

Key election 2019 - 2020 diary dates

20 September 2019 (5pm)
Closing date for receipt of nomination papers; by this date all candidates must be in the correct election category
15 January 2020
Emails with ballot information and instructions will be distributed by this date
12 February 2020
The result of the election shall be announced (or as soon as possible after that date)
27 November 2019 (5pm)
Closing date for electors; by this date all electors must be in the appropriate election category
7 February 2020 (12noon)
Online votes must be received by the Independent Scrutineer
18-19 March 2020
Mandatory two-day induction for new Council members

Election categories

The table below provides an explanation of the categories in which the 12 teachers/lecturers are to be elected for a four-year term:

No of

Codes Election category

Council members
to be elected for a
four-year term

members to be
elected for a
two-year term 

Qualifications of persons
entitled to nominate
candidates and to vote


"P" &


Teachers (including
headteachers) in primary
schools or nursery
schools in Scotland



* Registered teachers in
primary schools or nursery
schools in Scotland

 "S" &


Teachers (including
headteachers) in
secondary schools in



* Registered teachers
in secondary schools in
 III  "F" Teachers/lecturers in the
further education sector
in Scotland



Registered teachers/
lecturers in the further
education sector in Scotland
 !V  "T"  Teachers/lecturers in
universities in Scotland
providing courses of
Initial Teacher Education



Registered teachers/
lecturers in universities in
Scotland providing courses
of Initial Teacher Education

How to vote

Voting will take place online. The Independent Scrutineer will send ballot information and instructions by email to registrants to enable them to effectively cast their vote online, and will determine the validity of, and count, votes received in accordance with the Scheme.

The Independent Scrutineer appointed by the Council is: Electoral Reform Services, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW.

The simplified process

The 2015–16 Council Election was trialled as the first-ever solely online election. Feedback was largely positive and, as a result, in March 2017 Council agreed to simplify the election process further in order to make elections more accessible for all. Highlights of the simplified process are as follows:

  • Nominees require to be currently registered or employed in the election category for which they seek election.
  • Nominees now only require a proposer and seconder (currently registered and in any voting category). There is no longer a requirement for nominations to have an additional five supporters.
  • Proposers and seconders no longer need to be in the same voting category as the nominee. For example, a nominee for election in the Teachers/Lecturers in Further Education category could have their nomination proposed by a currently registered teacher in the Secondary category and seconded by someone currently registered as an FE lecturer.
  • The entire nomination and election process is now online, removing the pressures associated with the requirement for hard copy nomination forms to be submitted in full by the closing date.

What if I am dual registered?

Registrants may be registered with GTC Scotland in more than one sector. For example, someone might be dual registered in both Primary and Secondary as a result of their qualifications. Your registration category is based on your teaching qualification. The registration categories are:

  • Primary/Nursery Teacher
  • Primary/Nursery Headteacher Secondary Teacher
  • Secondary Headteacher
  • Further Education
  • Universities in Scotland providing courses of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).

When it comes to voting in the GTC Scotland Council Election, you must be currently registered and may only vote for those candidates in your voting category. If you hold dual registration, you can choose which voting category you wish to be in. There is no registration or voting category for Additional Support Needs so those employed in this sector will be required to vote in the category in which they are currently registered.