For applicants and student teachers


As part of the registration process, GTC Scotland will receive certain information from Disclosure Scotland about criminal convictions you have or criminal charges you are currently facing.

You also need to tell us about criminal charges or convictions when you apply. Don’t panic if you fall into this category – it is better to be open and honest from the outset.

An application for registration cannot continue until any Fitness to Teach investigation process has concluded.

How long will my application be delayed? 

Each case is different. We can’t tell you precisely how long the investigation will take.

  • cases which lead to no further action take around 6 months
  • cases which require a decision by a Fitness to Teach Panel will take longer than this

We will provide you with updates on the progress of our investigation and will be in touch once it has been completed to explain the outcome and next steps.

Will give you as much information as we can about the timescale. If you have a prospective employer and would like us to keep them informed of progress, please let us know.

Can I withdraw my application for registration and forget about the referral?

You have the right to withdraw your application. If you re-apply in the future, you will be required to go through the Fitness to Teach process before this can happen.

Wellbeing support

We know that being involved in the Fitness to Teach process may be stressful. The following services are available to you if you need them.

Education Support: 08000 562 561

Breathing Space: 0800 83 85 87

The Samaritans: 116 123 or email  

Teacher Support Network, Recourse and Turn2us: 08000 562 561, email or download practical guides

Turn2us (0808 802 2000) is a free service that helps people in financial need access welfare benefits, charitable grants, and other financial help. Turn2us works in partnership with Teacher Support Scotland regarding the financial concerns of teachers.