The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Council Elections

Notice of Election

An election of GTC Scotland registered teachers to serve on the fully independent Council is to be held. 

Registered teachers are to be elected to fill 12 of the 19 seats on the Council in the primary/nursery, secondary, further education and teachers/lecturers in universities in Scotland categories for a four year term. 

Candidates elected to the Council will take up office on 2 April 2020.

The voting stage of the election process (including counting of votes) will be run independently of GTC Scotland by Electoral Reform Services (ERS).  ERS are providing a secure dedicated website for the GTC Scotland Council election at:

You can find what you need to know about the election on the ERS election website including:

  • the Notice of Election with details of the number and range of Council seats to be filled in each election category;
  • • FAQs explaining
    1. who is eligible to stand and vote in the Council election
    2. how you can stand for election and vote
    3. how you are allocated to an election category
    4. the election process;
  • information on the Council's composition and functions and the role and commitment required of a Council member (as well as through the Useful Links below).

Nominations to stand for election are now open

Watch current Council members discuss what they have gained from working with GTCS.

Download your Nomination Form from the ERS election website at

(Information can also be provided in alternative formats on request to

Please refer to the Guidance Notes in the Nomination Form for details of eligibility and how to stand for election.  The Guidance Notes also explain how to complete and submit your Nomination Form, election statement and photograph to us at GTC Scotland.

The deadline for receipt of completed Nomination Forms, election statements and photographs is 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

What you need to know

In the 2019/2020 GTCS Council Election:

  • voting in the 2019/2020 Council election will take place solely online.
  • an email with a unique PIN and link to the secure and independent voting website will be sent to each registrant to enable them to cast their vote online.

(Printed ballot papers containing a PIN and candidate information will no longer be issued to registrants).

This reflects the Council's aim to be environmentally friendly and cost efficient in line with our organisational values and our financial strategy.  At the same time we want to ensure that the online voting process is as accessible and straightforward as possible.

What you need to do

Make sure:

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

If you are standing for election, you must make sure you are in the election category in which you wish to stand for election when you submit your Nomination Form.  The closing date for receipt of Nomination Forms is 5pm on Friday 20 September 2019.

In order to vote in the correct election category, you have until Wednesday 27 November 2017 to check and request a change to your election category.

Update your details online

By logging into MyGTCS (include hyperlink?) or by signing up for a MyGTCS (include hyperlink to MYGTCS Sign-up) account you can:

  • add an email address or update your email address
  • request a change to your election category.

If you are a return user, simply LOGIN (hyperlink to MYGTCS login) and follow the screen prompts; if a first time user, SIGN UP (hyperlink to sign-up screen) to generate a MyGTCS account and follow the screen prompts:

You will need your registration number to login to your MyGTCS account.  If you have forgotten your password, please use the MyGTCS password reminder facility. 

If you have any MyGTCS queries, these should be dealt with online through MyGTCS or directed to tel: 0131 314 6000.

Please note

  1. If you do not have a computer or device (such as a smartphone) to connect to the internet, we would encourage you to ask a friend who has internet access to help you or to make use of any library or other public computer and internet facilities available in your area.  With internet access you will be able:
    (a) to set up an email address to receive your ballot email with instructions and your unique PIN to vote; and
    (b) to vote. 

We are also happy to advise on how to set up an email address or assist you with this in any way we can.  If you would find that helpful, please do get in touch with us.

  1. If you are currently employed, we would also encourage you to speak to your employer about setting up a workplace email address which you could let us have.
  2. If, due to certain circumstances, you are not able to set up an email address or receive an email, we do not want you to be marginalised or disenfranchised.  Please get in touch with us so that we can assist in enabling you to receive the relevant ballot instructions and your PIN to vote in the election.

Contact Lisa Dobie, Returning Officer – 0131 314 6021 or

Key Election 2019/2020 diary dates

19 August 2019 Election advertised; nomination papers available online or on request.
 20 September 2019 (5pm) Closing date for receipt of nomination papers; by this date all candidates must be in the correct election category.
27 November 2019 Closing date for electors; by this date all electors must be in the appropriate election category.
15 January 2020 Emails with ballot instructions and unique PIN sent to registrants to enable them to vote online.
7 February 2020 (12pm) Closing date for receipt of votes online.
12 February 2020 (or as soon as possible after this date) Publication of results.
18 and 19 March 2020 Induction meetings of the new Council.
2 April 2020 New Council members take up office.



For further information on the role and commitment required of a member of the Council, the election process or if you require information to be provided in an alternative format, please contact:

Lisa Dobie, Senior Manager: Corporate Executive and Governance

T: +44 (0)131 314 6021