Pre-application FAQs for teachers qualified outside Scotland

General

Can you confirm if I am eligible for registration before I submit my application?

No, we are unable to confirm whether you are eligible for registration until you submit a formal application for registration with all the required documentation.

This is because each case is different and a number of factors are taken into consideration.  

I do not possess any formal teacher education qualifications. Can I still apply for registration?

No, our Registration and Standards Rules do not permit registration of applicants who do not hold an appropriate teaching qualification.

Please visit Teach in Scotland for further information on the Initial Teacher Education programmes available in Scotland and their entry requirements.

I am going to complete my teacher education qualification in the near future. Can I apply for registration now?

You will have to complete your teacher education qualification before you can apply for registration.

I hold a QTS Certificate. Does this automatically allow me to teach in Scottish schools?

Holding QTS will not make you eligible to teach in Scottish schools.

It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish school to be registered with GTC Scotland.

If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with a UK Teaching Regulation Authority you should complete this application form.

I would like to find out more about the education system and the curriculum in Scotland. How can I do this?

Visit the Education Scotland website.

There are also short courses available at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde which are designed for teachers who are new to the Scottish education system.

Assessment process/decision outcomes

How long does the registration process take?

We cannot guarantee a timeframe as all applications are assessed on an individual basis.

If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE and you are currently registered with a UK Teaching Regulation Authority you should complete an Automatic Recognition form. Your application should then be processed and a decision made with the minimum of delay, assuming you provide all of the correct supporting documentation.

Delays are often experienced because referees do not submit a report. We advise you to contact your nominated referee(s) to ensure they are willing to support your application. The reference form will be sent to your nominated referee(s) via email, therefore, it is crucial that you provide their correct work email address.

What are the possible outcomes of the assessment of my application?

There are four possible outcomes of the assessment of your application.

1. Full Registration
  • you meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories and
  • we have received satisfactory referee reports on 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service (or 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in one school) which has included sufficient service relevant to the category in which we have been able to offer you registration (please see References/ Probation (Induction) in Scotland section of FAQs below for more information).
2. Provisional Registration

This type of registration will be awarded because: 

You meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the GTC Scotland registration categories however, you either:

  • do not have the necessary teaching service to meet requirements for Full Registration in the category in which we have been able to award you registration in; or
  • we are not able to obtain satisfactory references to confirm this service

This means that you will be required to complete a probationary period of up to 270 days; full-time equivalent teaching service prior to obtaining Full Registration. 

Provisional Registration may also be awarded because:

  • you do not meet the teacher education requirements for registration
  • your teacher education did not fully cover the primary or secondary age range in Scotland.

This means that you will be required to complete a probationary period of between 135 and 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service, including teaching in the part of the primary or secondary age range that was not included in your teacher education.

Provisionally registered teachers are permitted to teach in Scotland, however, they need to complete their probation and meet the Standard for Full registration within 5 years of becoming registered.

3. Provisional (Conditional) Registration

This type of registration has been awarded because:  

  • You do not fully meet the teacher education and/or academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories (Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Additional Support Needs)

Provisionally conditionally registered teachers are permitted to teach in Scotland, however, they need to fulfil the condition(s) within 3 years of becoming registered.

4. Refusal of Registration

If your application for registration is refused this means that you have not met the academic study and/or teacher education requirements for registration with GTC Scotland and the shortfall is deemed so significant that we are unable to award Provisional (Conditional) Registration. 

You will receive full reasons for this decision in writing.

How is it determined what registration category/subject(s) my application for registration is going to be considered for?

You will be considered for registration in the category/subject(s) that you have covered in your teacher education qualification provided this matches a category or subject offered on the GTC Scotland Register.

GTC Scotland offers registration to teachers in:

Primary Education – covers the 3 – 12 years age range.

Secondary Education– is specific to one or more subject areas and covers the 12 – 18 years age range. 

Secondary Education Subjects

We offer registration in the following subjects in Secondary Education:

Subjects with standard academic entry requirements:

  • Biology with Science
  • Chemistry with Science
  • Classical Studies: Classics
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics with Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology.

Subjects with specific academic entry requirements (for full details of these requirements, see our Memorandum on Entry Requirements):

  • Art and Design
  • Business Education
  • Greek and Latin
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Gaelic
  • Home Economics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Modern Studies
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education
  • Technological Education.

Subjects in the 3-18 years age range with specific academic entry requirements (for full details of these requirements, see our Memorandum on Entry Requirements):

How will I be notified of the outcome of my application?

Once we have completed our assessment of your case, you will receive a decision by email.

What if I don’t agree with the outcome of my application? Can I contest GTC Scotland’s decision?

If GTC Scotland has awarded you registration but not to the extent you wished (e.g. you have not been awarded full registration or you have not been awarded registration in all of the categories that you believe you are eligible to be registered in) you have the right to ask for that decision to be reviewed by a Registration Panel. You must do this within 28 days of the date that you receive your decision letter from the Registration department.

Find out more about your Right of Review

Employment (salary, contracts and finding a job)

If my application is successful, what will my salary be?

GTC Scotland has no remit over pay scales and terms and conditions.

Any decision on salary will be made by your employer in line with the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers. View the SNCT Salary Tables.

Your position on the salary scale could be affected by the registration type you are offered by GTC Scotland (please see Assessment Process/ Decision Outcomes section above for details). You should discuss options directly with your employer.

I only intend to do supply teaching. Do I still need to register with GTC Scotland?

Yes. It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish school to be registered with GTC Scotland. 

Can I apply for teaching posts before I am registered with GTC Scotland?

You should contact employers (local authorities and independent schools) directly to check whether they would be willing to accept an application from you before you are registered with GTC Scotland.

How do I find a teaching post in Scotland?

Documents required for application

The documentation you require is not in English. Do I need to translate it into English?

Yes. You must submit scanned copies of this documentation in the original language and certified English translations. This does not apply to your passport.

I am still waiting for some documentation (e.g. degree/teacher education qualification transcript, overseas criminal checks etc.). Can I apply now and send the outstanding documentation once I have received it?

You will not be able to complete your online submission unless the mandatory documentation is uploaded at time of applying.   

Will failure to send in all the required documentation result in my application being delayed?

Yes. Your case assessor will contact you if any other documentation is required to reach a decision.

It is important that you provide any additional documentation within the timescale given by your assessor. 

I have taught my subject for several years. Why does what I studied at university matter?

Teaching in Scotland is a graduate profession and GTC Scotland assesses applications from teachers who have qualified outside Scotland using the criteria for teachers qualified in Scotland.

We need to ensure that applicants have the correct degree level academic credit in the subject that they are qualified to teach, and their teaching qualification is comparable to a Scottish Initial Teacher Education programme.

For more information on our eligibility criteria, please see Eligibility criteria and Memorandum on Entry Requirements (PDF 490 KB).

Probation (induction) in Scotland

How is probation calculated?

Teachers in Scotland are required to complete a probationary period of either

  • 190 days continuous full-time teaching service in one school
  • 270 days full-time equivalent teaching service

Full details of probationary service can be found here.

If you have already completed satisfactory teaching service in your sector/subject area, we may be able waive the probationary service requirements, provided we can obtain a satisfactory reference from your nominated referee(s). 

The number of days’ satisfactory teaching service that you have completed will be deducted from the maximum possible probationary period of 270 days. We can only consider paid teaching employment after you qualified as a teacher.

We are unable to consider the following types of service towards the probationary period

  • voluntary service;
  • teaching assistant/language assistant posts;
  • nursery/early years practitioner posts;
  • private tutoring;
  • after school classes/clubs;
  • service given as part of your student teaching practice;
  • service given before you qualified as a teacher.
I taught my subject elsewhere in the UK (or overseas). Can you consider this service?

Yes, we will consider all teaching service provided we obtain satisfactory referee reports.

I have been teaching since I qualified as teacher, however, all of this service was given outwith my teaching qualification subject area. Can this service be considered?

 Yes, although this service would only count as 45% of any probation period.

I have not taught since I qualified as a teacher. Can I still apply for registration?

If you have not taught since you qualified as a teacher, we will consider your application for registration.

However, you will be considered for Provisional or Provisional (Conditional) Registration and you will be required to complete a period of probationary service.

I qualified outside the UK, however, I have met the induction requirement elsewhere in the UK (or have been considered exempt). Does this mean that I have met the Teaching Service requirement for Full Registration in Scotland?

Possibly. If you completed a BEd or PGCE and you completed and successfully passed an induction period in the previous 5 years, you may be offered Full Registration.

If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with a UK Teaching Regulation Authority you should complete this form.

Newly qualified teachers

I just qualified but have not yet been issued with my teacher education certificate. What do I do?

You should provide an official statement from the awarding institution giving the following information:

  • the title of the qualification
  • the date on which you passed the qualification
  • that you are not subject to any appeals process
  • that there are no known impediments to you being issued with your teaching qualification certificate at graduation.

You will be required to upload this document with your application for registration.

All of my teaching service was given as part of my student teaching practice. Can I still apply for registration with GTC Scotland?

If you recently qualified and have not yet started out on your teaching career you can still apply for registration. You will be considered for Provisional Registration and, if successful, will be required to complete a probationary period.

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