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Help us ensure the best possible outcomes for learners in Scotland. Our vision: Trusted Teaching.


We have no vacancies at this time.

Appointment of Lay Council Members

The General Teaching Council for Scotland is the teaching profession’s independent registration and regulation body. We work to maintain and enhance trust in teaching.

We are governed by a Council of 37 members.

What we’re looking for

We are looking to appoint 4 lay people to serve on our Council.

* Any lay person applicant must not be, nor have ever been, registered with GTC Scotland; and not hold a qualification that would make you eligible for registration with GTC Scotland.

Why apply?

Make a Difference

Play a key role in the strategic development and performance management of GTC Scotland. Ensure GTC Scotland meets its statutory functions and aims.


Work with people from a wide range of educational and other backgrounds; develop and strengthen your skills whilst gaining a deeper understanding of the key issues facing GTC Scotland, Scottish education and the teaching profession in Scotland.

Appointment: 3 positions for a four year term to 1 April 2028; 1 position for a two year term to 1 April 2026.

Commitment: Attendance may involve a commitment ranging between four and twelve days per annum.

Compensation: In accordance with the Member Expenses and Compensation Scheme policy.

Application and Selection Process

For full details, please refer to the Application Pack.

Apply via the Applied recruitment platform.

The closing date is midnight on 10 December 2023. Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified on 15 December 2023. Unsuccessful candidates will also be notified on this date.

Interviews will take place on 9 & 12 January 2024.

If you have a medical condition or other individual need which you believe may affect our application arrangements please let us know so we can discuss any reasonable adjustments.

GTC Scotland aims to promote equality and diversity in all its activities. We positively welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Working at GTC Scotland

Our values

Our values are:

  • Trust and Respect – We know that GTC Scotland is about all of us and that we are all equally important.  We actively seek out and listen to the views of others.  We support each other and take time to build positive working relationships.  We recognise and celebrate success and strive to deliver high-quality services to registrants.
  • Integrity – We do what we say we will. Our integrity is important to us and at GTC Scotland we deliver on our plans and effectively communicate with registrants, our partners, the public, our Council members and within the organisation.  We are committed to continual learning and improving what we do.
  • Social Justice – Working at GTC Scotland means to embrace diversity and recognise and celebrate differences. We understand that effective wellbeing is at the heart of professionalism and seek to support each other and our registrants.  We take our responsibility to actively challenge discrimination seriously.
Our principles

Our principles are our values in action:

  • We care: At GTC Scotland we care about education and the future of our organisation.  We honour our requirements as an independent charity, professional body and regulator. We enhance professionalism in teaching in all that we do to support registrants. We believe doing this will ultimately benefit learners.  We act responsibly in how we use our resources and take sustainability matters seriously.
  • We add value: At GTC Scotland we focus on understanding factors that impact on our registrants. We use data to ensure our services are of high quality, provide a voice for registrants and reflect the expectations of our registrants and the public.
  • We learn: At GTC Scotland we are all learners. We know we have a responsibility to keep learning, share learning and work creatively to seek positive solutions.
  • We communicate: We are transparent in what we do.  We work to clearly convey our messages and listen to others in a way that gains the full meaning of what’s being said and ensures we have heard and understood.  We recognise that effective communication means understanding the contexts in which we work and distilling the essence of complex matters.
  • We collaborate: We do very little on our own, we work with our registrants, colleagues and partners collaboratively to achieve our overall aims and enhance teaching professionalism. We understand that effective collaboration involves putting ourselves in the shoes of others and seeing an issue from their point of view.
Equality, diversity and inclusion

GTC Scotland is dedicated to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion statement

At GTC Scotland we aim to be a world-leading organisation, and equality, diversity and inclusion is an essential part of that.

GTC Scotland believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual.

We acknowledge the following basic rights for all those currently, or prospectively, involved in carrying out our work:

  • To be treated with dignity and respect;
  • To be treated fairly with regard to all procedures, assessments and choices; and
  • To be encouraged to reach their full potential.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy demonstrates our commitment to the promotion of equality and diversity and how we take equality into consideration in everything we do.

Our Flexible Working vision

We are transforming the way we work together to help us all lead happy and healthy lives.  If we’re happy and healthy then it should help us do our work well and enjoy it. 

Flexible working has lots of other benefits.  It will help make GTC Scotland an excellent place to work and widen out who might want to come and work with us, enhancing our diversity.  It will help build our organisational resilience and adaptability meaning we stand a better chance of being able to keep our services going if global pandemics and other unpredictable events continue to affect us.  It also gives us an opportunity to change things up and modernise by optimising our use of technology and building meaningful, focused face-to-face collaboration and connection. There’s a good chance that being free to work where and when we want will mean we become more creative and innovative in how we work and help us ensure a positive working culture that is defined by mutual trust and respect.  We might just help the planet in the process too by reducing travel and improving our carbon footprint.  

Please remember that this transformation process is an opportunity to learn and adjust together – we are always learning – we will keep it under constant review and change and refine it as and when we need to. 

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