These reflective questions will support you to consider and plan your professional learning, development and practice related to the Professional Standards.

They should not be seen as prescriptive or as a list to be completed. The questions are intended to provide prompts for reflection and self-evaluation.

Using the Professional Standards to plan and support professional learning and development

  • How will I use the Professional Standards to inform and support me when planning my professional learning and development?
  • How will I use the Professional Standards to support me to identify areas of learning and development to enhance my knowledge, understanding and practice?
  • What aspects of the Professional Standards do I find most challenging? Why? How could these challenges be addressed?
  • How can I use the Professional Standards to support my self-evaluation process in preparation for a Professional Review and Development discussion?

Assessing your Professional Values

  • How are the Professional Values reflected in my Professional Actions?
  • How have my Professional Values been developed and informed by knowledge and experience?
  • How do I critically reflect on my assumptions, beliefs and values?
  • Who am I as a teacher? What has influenced me? What sustains me?

Assessing your development needs

  • What development needs do I have concerning enhancing my subject/ content knowledge and pedagogical expertise? How do I plan my professional learning to enable me to develop in these areas? What support would I require to meet those needs?
  • In what ways do I engage with professional literature, theory, research and policy to challenge and inform my thinking and practice?
  • What informs my thinking when planning my priorities for future professional learning and development?

Reflecting on your professional learning

  • As a result of my professional learning, how has my practice developed to improve outcomes for all learners? How do I know? What evidence of impact do I have? What does this tell me about my practice?
  • How do I critically reflect on my learning with a focus on impact and how do I share this with my colleagues to lead improvement across the school and/or wider community? What evidence do I have of this impact?
  • How do I know the impact of my teaching on learners? How will I systematically gather and analyse evidence of impact?
  • What impact has my professional learning had on my colleagues or others in my educational community?

Developing accomplishment and expertise

  • What areas of accomplishment/ expertise would I like to develop?
  • What professional learning will I engage in to support my development in this area?
  • Would Masters-level learning support and inform me in this development?
  • As I develop accomplishment and expertise in a specific area how do I share this with colleagues and lead developments within and beyond the school community?
  • How could I use the GTC Scotland Professional Recognition Framework to support my professional learning and to recognise and develop accomplishment/ expertise in specific areas?
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