Publication scheme: guide to information


The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the Act) requires The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) as a Scottish public authority to produce and maintain a publication scheme. GTC Scotland has adopted the Scottish Information Commissioners Model Publication Scheme.

The purpose of this Guide to Information is to:

  • help you see what information we make available about who we are, what we do and how we do it;
  • state what charges may be applied when we provide a publication to you;
  • explain how to find the information we publish easily;
  • provide contact details for enquiries and to get help with accessing the information; and
  • explain how to request information we hold that has not been published.

Availability and formats

The information we publish through the model publication scheme is, where possible, available on our website. We offer alternative arrangements for people who do not want to, or cannot, access the information online. For example, we can usually arrange to send information out in paper copy (although there may be a charge for this).

Exempt information

We will publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information detailed below. If a document contains information that is exempt under the Act and any related laws (for example, personal information), we will remove or redact the information before publication and explain why.


This section explains when we may make a charge for our publications and how any charge will be calculated. There is no charge to view information on our website.

We may charge for providing a publication to you to cover, for example, photocopying costs, the costs of any USB flash drive supplied and postage costs. We will charge you no more than it actually costs us to supply the information and will always tell you what the cost is before providing the information to you.

Our photocopying charge is shown below.

  • Black and white photocopying: A4 size of paper 10 pence per sheet
  • Colour photocopying: A4 size of paper 20 pence per sheet
  • Information provided on USB Flash Drive will be charged based on the size of drive required.

Postage costs will be recharged at the rate we paid to send the information to you. Our charge is for sending information by Royal Mail First Class.

Please note that this charging schedule does not apply to any commercial publications that we may publish from time to time.

Contact us

You can contact us for assistance with any aspect of this publication scheme.

The classes of information that we publish

We publish information that we hold within the classes below. Where information has been updated or superseded, only the current version will be available. If you would like to see previous versions, you may make a request to us for that information.

Class 1: About us

Information about us, who we are, where to find us, how to contact us, how we are managed and our external relations:

Keeping others informed:

Class 2: How we deliver our functions and services

Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions, services and information for our service users.

Fitness to Teach

Information for the professional development of teachers

Information on our regulation of the teacher probationary service period

Information on our teacher registration processes

Class 3: How we take decisions and what we have decided

Information about the decisions we take, how we make decisions and how we involve others.

Class 4: What we spend and how we spend it

Information about our strategy for, and management of, financial resources (in sufficient detail to explain how we plan to spend and what has actually been spent)

Class 5: How we manage our human, physical and information resources

Information about how we manage our human, physical and information resources.

  • Current vacancies
  • Employment policies (including, for example, staff development, disciplinary/ grievance procedures, redundancy, attendance etc.) – these are available on request
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion policy
  • Office policies (including, for example fire procedures and health and safety) – these are available on request
  • Standard terms and conditions of employment – these are available on request
  • Privacy policy
  • Records Management Policy – available on request
  • Records Retention Policy – available on request

Class 6: How we procure goods and services from external providers

Information about how we procure goods and services, and our contracts with external providers.

Class 7: How we are performing

Information about how we perform as an organisation, and how well we deliver our functions and services.

Class 8: Our commercial publications

Information packaged and made available for sale on a commercial basis and sold at market value through a retail outlet e.g. bookshop, museum or research journal.

We do not hold or publish information.

Class 9: Our Open Data

Open data made available by the authority as described by the Scottish Government’s Open Data Resource Pack and available under an open licence.