The Professional Standards belong to Scotland’s teachers. GTC Scotland act as guardians for the Professional Standards with and for Scotland’s teachers.

Teachers use them individually and collaboratively, contributing to both their own professional growth and the professional growth of others. The Professional Standards are brought alive through professional practice. They are central to Professional Review and Development (PRD) and Professional Update (PU).

You can use the Professional Standards

  • To ask critical questions and support enactment of Professional Values, Professional Commitment, Professional Knowledge, Understanding, Skills and Abilities
  • As an aspirational and developmental framework
  • To inform and plan professional learning
  • To self-evaluate and challenge thinking
  • To select development areas relevant to you and your learners
  • As a reference and reflection point for professional dialogue
  • To support professional judgement when adapting professional actions
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