The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Book your place today for SLF 2016

The Scottish Learning Festival is the key education event in Scotland welcoming thousands of educational professionals. SLF 2016 takes place on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September in the SECC, Glasgow.

The theme of this year’s event focuses on promoting excellence and equity for all through:

• School leadership and school improvement
• Assessing children’s progress and parental engagement
• Teacher professionalism

SLF 2016 is free for everyone to attend and gives you access to:

• Inspirational keynotes from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Dr Yong Zhao, Prof Carol Campbell and Mark Beaumont
• Over 100 professional development seminars where you can engage in activities and learn from practitioners and young people
• Lively debate at the professional focussing on Early Learning and Childcare, 3-18 Curriculum Pathways and the Scottish Attainment Challenge
• Scotland’s largest education exhibition with over 100 exhibitors showcasing educational resources
• Opportunities for discussion and professional networking with peers and colleagues from across Scotland

Book Now

To guarantee your place at SLF 2016 and your choice of seminars book now, as many sessions do fill up before the summer break. Visit the SLF website to browse the full conference programme and book your place today. Book your place at

GTCS at the Scottish Learning Festival

Come and meet GTCS at Stand C60 on both days of the festival.

We will also be running two seminars as part of the festival:

  • Wednesday 21 September. 3:15pm. Teacher Journey - Early career teachers. Elaine Napier.
    • The purpose of this seminar is to explore the role GTCS has in supporting professionalism through Professional Learning for early career teachers. Teacher professionalism is one of the key drivers of the National Improvement Framework. The GTCS supports teacher professionalism through accreditation of Initial Teacher Education programmes ensuring Scotland has a highly professional, graduate teacher workforce underpinned by professional standards. The Standards support the development of teachers professionalism which is strongly linked to improved quality of children's learning experiences.
  • Thursday 22 September. 1:15pm. Teacher Journey - Career-long professional learning. Charlaine Simpson.
    • This session will explore and discuss the role of GTCS in supporting and challenging teacher professionalism through Professional Learning. Teacher professionalism, one of the key drivers of the National Improvement Framework demonstrates the overall quality of the teaching workforce in Scotland. Professional Update empowers teachers to take ownership of their own professional learning, ensuring the highest quality learning and teaching which in turn ensures that all children achieve the best possible outcomes.