The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Council Elections

Make your Mark - Voting is open

You have until 12 noon on Friday 7 February 2020 to vote.

Voting is solely online. You can vote on the election website provided by Electoral Reform Services (ERS) the Independent Scrutineer.

On the election site you will find the details and election statements of all the candidates along with other information about the election. To cast your vote, please follow the instructions there.

ERS has been appointed to carry out the voting stage of the election process (including counting of votes) independently of GTC Scotland.

What you need to know

  1. A ballot is being held in the Primary/Nursery Teacher (including Headteachers) and Secondary Teachers (including Headteachers) election categories.

    On 15 January 2020 ERS sent a ballot email to all registrants who had the Primary/ Nursery or Secondary election category against their name in the GTC Scotland register as at 27 November 2019.

    The ballot email contains your unique two part Security Code (PIN) to log in and vote on the election site.

    The online voting service is available 24 hours a day until 12 noon on Friday 7 February.
  2. No ballot is required in the Further Education and Universities providing Initial Teacher Education election categories.

    On 15 January 2020 ERS sent an email to all registrants who had one of these election categories entered against their name in the GTC Scotland register as at 27 November 2019 indicating the outcome following the close of nominations for the relevant category.

Please note:

Where you have provided more than one email address to GTC Scotland (for example, a work email address and a personal email address), an email containing either:

  • the voting instructions and the unique two part Security Code (PIN) where a ballot is taking place OR
  • where there is no ballot, notification of details of the uncontested category will be issues to both email addresses provided. When voting, you can however only cast your vote once.

What to do if you have not received an email

If you have not received your ballot email with your PIN and link to the election website by Friday 17 January 2020, please check your email spam folder first.

Thereafter, contact ERS at or 020 8889 9203.

What to do if you do not have an email address or internet access

If you are not able to set up an email address or receive an email, you can still participate in the election:

  • We acknowledge that some registrants may be in this position and we do not want anyone to be marginalised or disenfranchised. If you are in this position, get in touch with us at GTC Scotland so we can make alternative arrangements for you to receive the relevant ballot instructions and your PIN to vote in the election.
  • As voting is solely online:
    • if you do not have a computer or device (such as smartphone) to connect to the internet, we would encourage you to ask a friend who has internet access to help you or make use of any library or other public computer and internet facilities in your area to access the election website to vote.
    • alternatively, if you are currently employed as a teacher, it may be possible to vote using your workplace computer and internet facilities.

Contact Lisa Dobie, Returning Officer - 0131 314 6021 or

What happens next?

The election results will be published on Wednesday 12 February 2020 (or as soon as possible after this date).

Other information

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:
    • who is eligible to vote in the Council election
    • how you can vote in the election
    • how you are allocated to an election category
    • 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)

Key Election 2019/2020 diary dates

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