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.
Membership of Council
- 19 elected registered teachers
- 11 educational stakeholder nominees
- 7 lay members appointed by an independent Appointments Committee.
Role of Council Members
The Council’s role is to:
- ensure GTC Scotland meets its statutory functions and aims;
- provide strategic leadership;
- exercise financial supervision and control;
- ensure that GTC Scotland is managed and run by the Chief Executive effectively and responsibly.
The Council fulfils its governance role by:
- setting strategic plans and strategic policy;
- ensuring the performance of GTC Scotland against its strategic plans and performance indicators;
- ensuring that GTC Scotland meets its public reporting requirements by approving the annual report;
- agreeing financial budgets, monitoring financial performance and approving the annual accounts;
- ensuring that effective risk management and audit arrangements are in place to provide assurance of operational management and delivery as well as legal compliance;
- reviewing and agreeing Council’s governance framework;
- ensuring that GTC Scotland has employment policies and procedures in place to provide assurance that it is acting as a responsible employer;
- appointing and removing the Chief Executive.
Members of GTC Scotland Council must at all times observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in performing their role.
They are governed by the Code of Conduct and Membership Scheme.
Council meetings take place four times a year, although special meetings may take place when required. These are open to the public.