What is Fitness to Teach?

The fitness to teach process exists to maintain trust in teachers and teaching. It is about ensuring that teachers and college lecturers have the skills, knowledge and character to teach learners safely and effectively.  

We manage the risk a teacher or college lecturer may pose now and in the future. We do this by: 

refusing registration;
placing restrictions on registration; or
removing registration.

Our standards for teachers are set out in the:  

If teachers and college lecturers meet and maintain these standards, this is what we call being fit to teach.   

It is a legal requirement for all people employed as teachers in local authority and independent schools in Scotland to be registered with GTC Scotland. As part of agreed national terms and conditions of employment, college lecturers must register with us.   

We rely on employers and other partners to help us:  

  • investigate the cases we should as a professional regulator and   
  • ensure that our investigations are as effective as possible. 

Related legislation

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