How to add primary education to your existing secondary education registration

If you hold full registration in a secondary education registration category, you can gain Professional Registration in primary education.


You will need to:

  • have Full Registration with GTC Scotland.
  • be recommended for registration by a primary school headteacher or senior leader with current Full (General) Registration with GTC Scotland.

Application process

Step one – Find an appropriate supporter

First, contact a primary school headteacher or senior leader with current Full (General) Registration with GTC Scotland who is willing to act as your supporter throughout the process and recommend you for registration in primary education. If you are currently in employment as a secondary teacher, this could be the headteacher of one of your school’s cluster primary schools.

Your supporter must only recommend you once they are satisfied that you have met the Standard for Provisional Registration (SPR) in respect of primary education. To enable them to reach this decision, you should both use the toolkit provided to identify any areas of the SPR which you have not yet fully met in respect to primary education. You should then agree and complete a Professional Learning (PL) plan to enable to you meet the SPR in these areas.

Toolkit – Secondary to Primary

Step two – Submit an application for Provisional Registration in Primary Education

You will submit the Recommendation for Provisional Registration form completed by the headteacher or senior leader who is acting as your supporter.

Completed applications should be submitted to with the subject line “Professional (Additional) Registration Application”.

Application for Provisional Registration

Recommendation for Provisional Registration

Your application will be assessed by a Registration Case Officer and you will be issued with the decision on your application. If you are successful, Provisional Registration in your new registration area will be added to your registration with GTC Scotland.

You will need to meet the requirements for Full Registration before completing the document-based Flexible Route profile. To complete this profile, you must obtain a declaration from a headteacher or senior leader who currently holds Full (General) Registration with GTC Scotland that you have met the Standard for Full Registration in respect of your additional area of registration. Full information about this is provided in the Probationer Teachers section of the website.

Flexible Route Profile for Professional (Additional) Registration

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