Council Elections

GTC Scotland is governed by a Council of 37 members, the majority of whom are elected teachers or college lecturers.

Council members have a significant role in shaping the teaching profession of Scotland, maintaining and improving Professional Standards and contributing to the development of teacher professionalism and Scottish education.

Council Elections 2024

We are about to hold an election for GTC Scotland registered teachers to serve on Council. Those elected will take up office on 2 April 2024.

GTC Scotland’s role and composition of Council is set out in law; The Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011.

Seats up for election

Thirteen seats are up for election: 12 seats for a 4-year term and one seat for a 2-year term (an interim vacancy) as set out below.

  • Five teachers (including headteachers) in primary/nursery schools. One seat is reserved for headteachers. All seats are for a 4-year term.
  • Five teachers (including headteachers) in secondary schools for 4 years. One seat is reserved for headteachers. One teacher in secondary schools (including headteachers) for a 2-year interim term.
  • One teacher/lecturer in the further education sector for a 4-year term.
  • One teacher/lecturer in universities providing programmes of Initial Teacher Education for a 4-year term.


Nominations have now closed.

From Teaching Scotland: Challenging Misconceptions

Council Members Adela Mansur, Iain Macmillan and John Devine reflect on their time on GTC Scotland’s Council in Teaching Scotland issue 97.

Read the article

Why vote?

We want all registrants to have a say in the strategic direction of GTC Scotland and the easiest way to do this is to vote in the Council election for your preferred registered teacher candidates.

Voting opens on 17 January 2024 and closes 12 noon on 9 February 2024.

The Independent Scrutineer will send ballot information and instructions out via email before voting opens.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our Frequently Asked Questions for advice on standing for election, voting and the election process.

Election Governance and Supervision

The Independent Scrutineer appointed to supervise the election conduct and preserve the integrity of the election process is Civica Election Services Ltd.

Key dates

21 August 2023
Election advertised; nomination papers available online or on request.

22 September 2023
Closing date for receipt of nomination papers; by this date, all candidates must be in the correct election category.

29 November 2023
Closing date for electors; by this date, all electors must be in the appropriate election category.

17 January 2024
Emails with ballot information and instructions will be sent to registrants to enable them to vote online.

9 February 2024
Closing date for receipt of online votes.

14 February 2024 (or as soon as possible after this date)
Publication of results.

13 and 14 March 2024
Induction meetings of the new Council.

2 April 2024
New Council members take up office.

Roles and responsibilities of a Council Member

Election Policy and Scheme

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