The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Consultation responses

From time to time we are asked to offer our thoughts and opinions on specific governmental consultations which relate to the education profession.

Not all of the consultations we respond to have a direct correlation to teaching and teachers in Scotland but each one has been invaluable to the profession as a whole.

We have responded to amendments and proposed changes to regulations, calls for evidence and proposed parliamentary bills. On this page you will be able to view our response to each of the consultations.

The Scottish Government Empowering Schools Consultation

Response Date: 31 January 2018

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the Education (Scotland) Bill. This bill is intended to introduce reforms to the education system in Scotland.

This includes provisions related to GTC Scotland.

Please click on the following link to access the GTCS response to the Scottish Government's Empowering Schools Consultation:

How do I navigate the consultation response>

The GTCS consultation response was developed and agreed by Council members.

  1. It has an Executive Summary at the start which provides a context and rationale for the response.
  2. This is followed by bullet points which summarise the Key Messages contained within the response.
  3. After this, the document includes an answer to each of the questions posed by Scottish Government in its consultation document
  4. Finally, these are two appendices provided by GTCS. The first offers detail on what GTCS Council members agree are the four potential scenarios that could address the Scottish Government proposals. The second appendix offers financial information based on the proposal to create an Education Workforce Council Scotland.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at

The Scottish Government's analysis of the responses to the Empowering Schools consultation is now available:

The consultation paper and an overview of the Education (Scotland) Bill are available at the link below.

Useful Links

Along with responding to external consultations, we like to invite comments on particular areas of our work.

View our consultations to see what we have been consulting on:

Our Consultations