Freedom of Information Responses

This list of Freedom of Information (FOI) responses, known as an FOI disclosure log, shows all the FOI requests we have received and the responses we provided. This means anyone with an interest can quickly and easily see questions that have already been asked and the response provided. Personal details such as names and addresses (both postal and email) are redacted to protect privacy.

Responses

Click ‘read response’ to download the full text of our response to an FOI request. The text of requests is presented as submitted to GTC Scotland

FOI responses are available in this log for three years. The most recent responses are at the top of the table.

Date of ResponseSummary of RequestResponseReferenceDate of Request
09/05/2022Please send me a copy of your “frivolous” response letter/email when a referral has not been through a local authority investigation from pre May 2021Read response (PDF 42 KB)
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22-23/0112/04/2022
14/04/2022I am trying to find out what unofficial or official training courses and qualifications teachers (Headteachers, Management staff, support staff) in Midlothian and East Lothian schools have completed to be able to support young people with ASD, Mental Health and Autism.Read response (PDF 47 KB)21-22/7422/03/2022
13/04/2022Information was requested in regards to emails sent to, from and forwarded on from a GTC Scotland Council Member. Read response (PDF 95 KB)
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21-22/7217/03/2022
12/04/2022Several requests were made for information surrounding GTC Scotland and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland on the issue of child protection or safeguarding concerns in Scotland. Read response (PDF 57 KB)
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21-22/7115/03/2022
23/03/2022Correspondence between GTC Scotland Chief Executive and Registrar and City of Edinburgh Council requesting and setting up a meeting to discuss Fitness to Teach InvestigationsRead response (PDF 46 KB)
View related information (PDF 45 KB)
21-22/6909/03/2022
15/03/2022False allegation of sexual impropriety – Raised against xxxxxx
– A full disclosure of all the records of the hearing concerning the victim xxxxx and the perpetrator of the false allegation the 18-year-old male who has not even got the courage to name himself to the public.
– A full disclosure of when the council will be reporting to Police Scotland the male perpetrator for allegedly spiking the female victim’s drink. Please also state what measures the hearing took to uphold the Article 11 UN Human Rights of xxxxx.
– Please provide full disclosure of the compensation that will be given to the female victim for the false allegation she has clearly suffered.
Read response (PDF 46 KB)21-22/6415/02/2022
11/03/2022Sexual Misconduct disciplinaries
– Could you please provide an annual breakdown for each of the years 2015-2021 for the number of teachers who were investigated or faced disciplinary hearings/actions for sexual misconduct?
– Can you please specify the number related to sexual misconduct towards or involving a pupil?
– For the same time period, can you please state the number of teachers who were struck off for sexual misconduct or offences?
Read response (PDF 89 KB)21-22/6314/02/2022
09/03/2022Named School Only GTC Scotland Registration:
– How many teachers are there in all categories of Scottish Schools that are registered under this category; and
– if possible the names of the schools where they are employed.
Read response (PDF 62 KB)21-22/6518/02/2022
08/03/2022Please send me a copy of the original Fitness to Teach Threshold Policy from 2017 – the one that was written just after the 2017 Rules were introduced.Read response (PDF 97 KB)
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21-22/6804/03/2022
28/02/2022Fitness to Teach Hearing Information
– Could I please have copies of the charges that were raised in the fitness to teach hearing between 6 and 10 January? If it’s possible to also have copies of any supporting documents including witness statements that were heard and not disclosed in private, that would be immensely helpful.
– I attended the hearing but had difficulties getting access to a couple of the sessions so missed hearing several witnesses. At the time I tried to get technical support to resolve issues but didn’t get a response from the number given or online.
– I understand you are reviewing this case. When will this be published on the website?
Read response (PDF 112 KB)21-22/6131/01/2022
25/02/2022Details of Primary Human Resource (HR) and Payroll Software solutionRead response (PDF 46 KB)21-22/5831/01/2022
23/02/20221. How many of the case referrals sent to GTC Scotland which were not investigated in 2019 include child protection OR safeguarding concerns.
2. How many of the case referrals sent to GTC Scotland which were not investigated in 2020 include child protection OR safeguarding concerns.
3. How many of the case referrals sent to GTC Scotland which were not investigated in 2021 include child protection OR safeguarding concerns.
4. How many of the cases identified (in points 1, 2 and 3 above) in 2019 that related to safeguarding or child protection did GTC Scotland send on to the police or relevant social work department, as per GIRFEC protocols?
5. How many of the cases identified (in points 1, 2 and 3 above) in 2020 that related to safeguarding or child protection did GTC Scotland send on to the police or relevant social work department, as per GIRFEC protocols?
6. How many of the cases identified in (in points 1, 2 and 3 above) 2021 that related to safeguarding or child protection did GTC Scotland send on to the police or relevant social work department, as per GIRFEC protocols?
7. How many referrals in 2019/2020/2021, having not met threshold, how many have been fully investigated by the employer?
Read response (PDF 58 KB)21-22/5620/01/2022
22/02/2022The total number of individuals who have ticked the Preference Waiver Fee box since the scheme started.Read response (PDF 107 KB)21-22/6225/01/2022
16/02/2022Flexible Route Probationers:
– the numbers who have started the flexible route over the last five years;
– the numbers who have completed the flexible route over the same period; and
– any data or intelligence which you may have in relation to the reasons why people have elected not to complete the process.
Read response (PDF 89 KB)21-22/5725/01/2022
16/02/2022Correspondence between GTC Scotland Chief Executive and Registrar and City of Edinburgh Council requesting and setting up a meeting to discuss Fitness to Teach Investigations.Read response (PDF 87 KB)
Read response bundle (PDF 165 KB)
Read GTC Scotland response to Education Reform consultation (PDF 764 KB)
21-22/6007/02/2022
15/02/2022Please provide a copy of GTC Scotland procedures, including onward referral to police and social work, when safeguarding / child protection matters are referred to GTC Scotland.Read response (PDF 54 KB)21-22/5318/01/2022
10/02/2022Payments made to charities and third sector organisations.Read response (PDF 52 KB)21-22/5902/02/2022
01/02/2022The number of secondary probationers allocated to each local authority via the preference waiver in each of the last 5 years, broken down by subject.Read response (PDF 61 KB)
View related spreadsheet (XLSX 51 KB)
21-22/5105/01/2022
01/02/2022The number of primary probationers allocated to each local authority via the preference waiver in each of the last 5 years.Read response (PDF 98 KB)21-22/5005/01/2022
01/02/2022– The number of secondary probationers requested by each local authority in each of the last 5 years, broken down by subject.
– The number of secondary probationers allocated to each local authority in each of the last 5 years, broken down by subject.
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21-22/4905/01/2022
01/02/2022– The number of primary probationers requested by each local authority in each of the last 5 years.
– The number of primary probationers allocated to each local authority in each of the last 5 years.
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21-22/4805/01/2022
25/01/2022Information relating to losses and special payments for 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21.Read response (PDF 87 KB)21-22/5520/01/2022
25/01/2022The total spend by the organisation on social media advertising, including a breakdown by year and by form of social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) for the period 2019-20, 2020-21, 2020-22.Read response (PDF 50 KB)21-22/5419/01/2022
06/01/2022Information on GTC Scotland’s CCTV maintenance and support contract.Read response (PDF 16 KB)21-22/4721/12/2021
22/12/2021Information about GTC Scotland:
– How is GTC Scotland funded?
– Who nominated and elects Council members?
– What powers does GTC Scotland have?
– Who regulates the GTC Scotland?
Read response (PDF 123 KB)21-22/4424/11/2021
08/12/2021Lift service and maintenance – service contract for list service and maintenance.Read response (PDF 92 KB)21-22/4606/12/2021
06/12/2021Additional Support Needs Teachers:
– Number of teachers registered in Scotland (separated into primary and secondary)
– Number of teachers registered in Scotland that have ASN registration (separated into primary and secondary)
– Number of teachers registered in Scotland that have ASN registration that have Scottish Borders Council as their last employer.
Read response (PDF 131 KB)21-22/4108/11/2021
30/11/2021General waste service contracts – the organisation’s primary waste service contract.Read response (PDF 56 KB)21-22/4526/11/2021
30/11/2021How many secondary school Psychology teachers there are in Scotland by Local Authority.Read response (PDF 52 KB)21-22/4225/11/2021
26/11/2021How much GTC Scotland has spent annually on external legal advice in the following years: 2017; 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.

How much GTC Scotland has spent on external legal advice for my own case(s) in the following years: 2018; 2019; 2020; 2021.
Read response (PDF 48 KB)21-22/3901/11/2021
26/11/2021The number of teachers who have PhDs (recognised either by the qualifications section of their profile, or their title being recorded as Dr of Prof/ Doctor or Professor).Read response (PDF 47 KB)21-22/4029/10/2021
22/11/2021Please send me all emails sent and received by GTC Scotland staff (only those staff who concerned with maintaining the teacher’s register) since April 1, 2019 related to XXXX XXXXX.

Please also provide any documents related to the Fitness to Teach Panel’s decision to impose a TRO on XXXXX (for example, meeting minutes and/or email correspondence).
Read response (PDF 84 KB)21-22/3827/10/2021
16/11/2021The details, scope and responses to any consultations held on Fitness to Teach and / or thresholds policies.Read response (PDF 91 KB)21-22/3727/10/2021
16/11/2021It may be useful to see the ‘disciplinary rules’ and any consultations held on their changes.Read response (PDF 50 KB)
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21-22/3627/10/2021
26/11/2021I would like to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Scotland Act 2002 (FOISA). Each of these questions are a separate request for the purposes of FOISA:
o 1. How many probation year teachers completed their probation year, and how many did not (left during), broken down by each academic year from 2015 to date.
o 2. How many teachers left teaching during a) their probation year b) their first year after qualification and c) during the first five years after qualification, broken down by each academic year from 2015, and broken down by those on the i) four-year undergraduate course and the ii) one year PGDE course.
I have put a sample table below which I would appreciate if your response to this question could be presented this way:
Read response (PDF 100 KB)21-22/3521/10/2021
27/10/2021Please provide all copiers of the Threshold Policy before this one (if indeed there is one (do let me know if this is a new policy).
Also please provide all copies of fitness to teach rules prior to this (again do advise if there were none and if do what else was in place).
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21-22/3318/10/2021
20/10/2021Membership fees: requested a breakdown of how many membership fees paid since your registration explaining that this is for tax purposes.Read response (PDF 42 KB)21-22/3406/10/2021
05/10/2021Demographic data of Home Economics, Technical and Science Teachers in Scotland.Read response (PDF 84 KB)21-22/2805/10/2021
27/09/2021I’ve got some figures from the Scottish Government (pasted at the end) but not the most recent ones for how many ticked the preference waiver box this year. Would you be able to provide those? And also give me a breakdown of the authorities the preference waiver probationers ended up in this year – so how many went to each of the 32 councils.Read response (PDF 37 KB)
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21-22/3117/09/2021
22/09/20211. Name of Supplier: Can you please provide me with the software provider for each contract?
2. The brand of the software: Can you please provide me with the actual name of the software. Please do not provide me with the supplier name again please provide me with the actual software name.
3. Description of the contract: Can you please provide me with detailed information about this contract and please state if upgrade, maintenance and support is included. Please also list the software modules included in these contracts.
4. Number of Users/Licenses: What is the total number of user/licenses for this contract?
5. Annual Spend: What is the annual average spend for each contract?
6. Contract Duration: What is the duration of the contract please include any available extensions within the contract.
7. Contract Start Date: What is the start date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
8. Contract Expiry: What is the expiry date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
9. Contract Review Date: What is the review date of this contract? Please include month and year of the contract. If this cannot be provided please provide me estimates of when the contract is likely to be reviewed. DD-MM-YY or MM-YY.
10. Contact Details: I require the full contact details of the person within the organisation responsible for this particular software contract (name, job title, email, contact number)
Read response (PDF 41 KB)21-22/2525/08/2021
22/09/2021Food service contracts and laundry serviceRead response (PDF 87 KB)21-22/3017/09/2021
14/09/2021a. How many deaf people are working as Teachers of the Deaf in Scotland?
b. How many deaf teachers are working with hearing children in Scotland?
Read response (PDF 59 KB)21-22/2720/08/2021
27/08/2021Number of primary school probationer teachers offered places in Highland schools from August 2021.Read response (PDF 44 KB)21-22/2313/08/2021
24/08/2021How many probationers on the Teacher Induction Scheme were granted extensions in the previous three years: 2019-2022; 2018-2019; 2017-2018?Read response (PDF 38 KB)21-22/2126/07/2021
20/08/2021This is an information request relating to payments made to charities and third sector organisations.Read response (PDF 46 KB)21-22/2417/08/2021
13/08/2021The total number of Probationer Teachers allocated to the Local Authorities listed below for the academic year 2021/2022.
The total number of allocated places taken up by each authority.
The total number of vacancies left following the allocations process for each Local Authority.
Read response (PDF 41 KB)21-22/1913/07/2021
02/08/2021Details of the organisation’s mobile phone contract.Read response (PDF 43 KB)21-22/2223/07/2021
22/07/2021How many secondary Computing Science teachers are on the GTC Scotland register, broken down as last employed by each authority?Read response (PDF 88 KB)21-22/1809/07/2021
22/07/2021How many probationers were given an extension in order to reach the Standard for Full Registration.Read response (PDF 104 KB)21-22/1624/06/2021
21/07/2021Probationer numbers and cancellations as a result of case overviews.Read response (PDF 46 KB)21-22/1322/06/2021
14/07/2021Number of Technological Education probationers entering the Teacher Induction Scheme in August 2021.Read response (PDF 58 KB)21-22/1216/06/2021
09/07/2021For each of the last five years (2016-2020) I would like to know the number of GTC Scotland registered teachers who unregistered/left the GTC Scotland register.Read response (PDF 53 KB)21-22/1414/06/2021
02/07/2021Request for information on the governance, structure, funding and operations of a Teaching Regulatory Authority (TRA) 2021.Read response (PDF 145 KB)21-22/1004/06/2021
28/06/2021Number of GTC Scotland registered teachers who are between the ages of 65-70. The total number of GTC Scotland registered teachers. Number of GTC Scotland registered leachers in Scotland over 65Read response (PDF 70 KB)21-22/1522/06/2021
25/06/2021Fitness to Teach Threshold and Policies.Read response (PDF 84 KB)21-22/0928/05/2021
24/06/2021The application of the Unacceptable Behaviour and Actions Policy. Read response (PDF 26 KB)
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21-22/0827/05/2021
21/06/2021How many History teachers have been registered with GTC Scotland in the past five years. A breakdown of those teachers by gender, ethnicity, national identity, qualified within/outwith Scotland, age and religion.Read response (PDF 42 KB)21-22/0625/05/2021
18/06/2021The number of registrants on the register who are 65 years of age and those who are over the age of 70.Read response (PDF 41 KB)21-22/1110/06/2021
27/05/2021I would be grateful to receive a copy of the minute of the GTC Scotland Council meeting held on 14 December 2016.Read response (PDF 81 KB)
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21-22/0713/05/2021
27/04/2021Request for a copy of a Fitness to Teach panel decision report about a named individual.Read response (PDF 40 KB)21-22/0521/04/2021
21/04/2021GTC Scotland Contacts Register.Read response (PDF 49 KB)
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21-22/0421/04/2021
10/05/2021Copies of all fitness to teach cases disposed of by the panel as appeared on your website for the period 1 April – 30 September 2016. This will include all documentation as published on the website.Read response (PDF 38 KB)
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21-22/0314/04/2021
06/05/2021The number of probationers being placed in Scottish schools for this coming year 2021/22. The number of probationers going to each local authority. The number of probationers accepted by each of the local authorities who ticked the preference waiver box.Read response (PDF 45 KB)
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21-22/0108/04/2021
12/04/2021For the last 7 years, or as long as your records allow, can you provide me with the number of probationers each council has to take under the Single Outcome Agreement with the Scottish Government.Read response (PDF 38 KB)21-22/0209/04/2021

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