About Us

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) was one of the first teaching councils in the world when it was set up by teachers in 1965.

In 2012, legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament made it the world’s first independent, self-regulating body for teaching.

GTC Scotland is governed by a Council which sets GTC Scotland policy. The majority of members of Council are elected teachers. 

GTC Scotland sets the standards of professionalism with and for Scotland’s teachers and lecturers.

It is a legal requirement for all teachers working in Scottish schools to be registered with GTC Scotland. 

In 2018, there was a national agreement to register all lecturers working in Scotland’s colleges through GTC Scotland.

Read more about the history of GTC Scotland in Milestones and Minefields by Ian Mathieson.

What we do

Our vision is to inspire world-class teaching professionalism. Our mission is to maintain the integrity of registration and regulation of the teaching profession as a safeguard for the quality of education in Scotland and to enhance teaching professionalism at an individual, group and system level.  We believe this helps ensure the best possible outcomes for children, young people and adult learners.

Our core tasks

  • Act as guardians for the standards of professionalism with and for Scotland’s teachers and lecturers
  • Outline the expected conduct of teachers and lecturers
  • Keep the Register of Teachers in Scotland by registering teachers who have qualified within Scotland as well as in the rest of the world
  • Protect the public through effective registration and management of the Register of Teachers 
  • Support those becoming teaching professionals through:
    • accrediting programmes of Initial Teacher Education
    • administering the Student Placement System
    • managing the Teacher Induction Scheme
    • supporting students and probationers
    • supporting probationer supporters and employers
    • providing advice to individuals wishing to teach in Scotland
  • Support teachers and lecturers through:
    • providing an infrastructure for professional learning through MyPL
    • ensuring teachers maintain their professional learning through Professional Update
    • providing guidance about effective Professional Review and Development
    • supporting teacher wellbeing through our Health and Wellbeing Hub
    • enhancing a focus on equalities and diversity through our Equalities and Diversity Hub
    • providing a voice for teaching by giving advice to the Scottish Government and other partners
  • Encourage the professional growth of teachers and lecturers through:
    • providing opportunities for professional recognition
    • awarding the Standard for Headship
    • encouraging additional subject or sector registration
    • leading coaching development
    • recognising and celebrating excellence in professional learning
    • engaging with national and international partners with the aim of influencing teacher growth in Scotland
    • providing information, advice and support direct to teachers through Teaching Scotland magazine and a series of professional guides

Our governing legislation

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