GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Engage with the Standards

Engaging with the Standards is a set of suggested professional learning sessions which may help you to work with the our Professional Standards. There are four sessions:

Depending on your current level of engagement with the Standards, you may choose any or all of the four sessions, and within each session you can choose your own relevant starting point.

The sessions can be undertaken as individual study, or adapted for use as part of a face-to-face workshop, facilitated by a leader. Downloadable copies are available on each of the session pages for this purpose.

We have produced a range of support resources and guidance to help you engage with the Standards. Outlined below are some useful starting points:

Suggested Professional Learning sessions: engaging with the Standards Additional resources supporting engagement with the Standards
The four sessions can be found here:

The basics about the Standards as I know next to nothing

The uses to which the Standards can be put
There's a useful table showing different uses for different users:
Uses for Professional Standards

What the various terms used mean
You may find this glossary useful:
Glossary of Terms

Reflective questions to ask myself
Here's where you'll find reflective questions grouped under various headings to stimulate your thinking:
Reflective Questions

A summary overview of the Standards
A helpful summary of key areas is available:
Overview of the Standards

The Standards for Registration (Provisional and Full)
View a short video and an introduction. You can also view or download the Standards:
Standards for Registration

The Standard for Career-long Professional Learning
View a short video and an introduction. You can also view or download the Standard:
Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

The Standards for Leadership and Management
View a short video and an introduction. You can also view or download the Standards:
Standards for Leadership and Management

Thinking about the Professional Values in Action
This section looks at the values and what these mean as part of your professional practice:
Professional values into action

A way of exploring and comparing the Standards
We have a toolkit called 'Explore the Standards' which allows you to see a single Standard, or compare some of the Standards side-by-side, or choose themes from the Standards:
Explore the Standards

Self-evaluation and the Standards
View advice and support about self-evaluation:

View various approaches to self-evaluation:
Using a Coaching Wheel for reflection and self-evaluation against the Standards

Learning for Sustainability and the Standards
View more information about this permeating theme of the Standards:
Learning for Sustainability

FAQs and Myths
This section provides useful FAQs and some popular myths about using the Standards:
Professional Standards FAQs

Where I can find further reading
View a bibliography:
Professional Standards - Bibliography


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000