Fitness to Teach

GTC Scotland regulates the teaching profession in Scotland through its Fitness to Teach (FtT) process. This ensures public protection and the maintenance of proper teaching standards.

We investigate and make decisions about a registered teacher’s fitness to teach in line with our Fitness to Teach Rules, which set out the process we follow.

Our Fitness to Teach Threshold Policy explains what we investigate and what we do not investigate. We only investigate when an allegation is of a level of seriousness that we think that a teacher presents a risk of harm.

Our FtT process is not about disciplining or punishing teachers; it is about ensuring that we have a teaching profession in Scotland that is fit to teach so that:

  • public trust and confidence in teachers is maintained
  • the learning of our children and young people is protected

Our process is distinct from any employer or criminal process due to its focus on ensuring maintenance of teaching standards.

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