Gaelic translation / Eadar-theangachadh Gàidhlig

About Us

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) was set up in 1965. It was created following calls from teachers for a body to ensure teacher standards and was one of the first teaching councils in the world.

In 2012, it became the world’s first independent professional and regulatory body for teaching.

GTC Scotland’s Council governs GTC Scotland and sets strategic policy. Council membership is set by law. The majority of Council are elected teachers or college lecturers.

GTC Scotland sets the standards of professionalism with and for Scotland’s teachers and college 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
    • administering the Teacher Induction Scheme on behalf of Scottish Government
    • supporting students and probationers
    • supporting probationer supporters and employers
    • providing advice to individuals wishing to teach in Scotland
  • Support teachers and lecturers through:
  • Encourage the professional growth of teachers and lecturers through:

Our governing legislation

© The General Teaching Council for Scotland - Registered Scottish Charity No. SC006187
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