GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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Professional Standards

GTCS maintains a suite of Professional Standards which are underpinned by the themes of values, sustainability and leadership. Professional values, sustainability and leadership are at the core of the Standards. They are integral to, and demonstrated through, all our professional relationships and practices.

Professional Standards 2021

The standards below are being replaced by a suite of refreshed and revised Professional Standards, which were launched on 13 January 2021.

The Professional Standards 2021 are available to view here together with supporting materials.

A period of enactment support will now begin, allowing teachers and others to engage, explore and understand the relevance of the Professional Standards before formal enactment on 2 August 2021.

Standards for Registration

Including the Standard for Provisional Registration and the Standard for Full Registration

Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning

This Standard will help teachers to plan and develop their own professional learning needs and to ensure continuing development of professional practice.

Standards for Leadership and Management

These Standards have been developed to support the self-evaluation and professional learning of those in, or aspiring to, formal leadership roles in schools.

The Standard includes the Standard for Headship, which became a pre-requisite for all new headteachers in Scotland from 2019. To attain the Standard for Headship, teachers must successfully complete the Into Headship qualification.

Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland's Colleges

These Standards have been developed through partnership working between the College Development Network and GTC Scotland. They are designed as a benchmark for learning and teaching, and to enhance and promote professional learning. GTC Scotland has been given responsibility for these Professional Standards by the Scottish Government.


The videos linked below provide a summary explanation of the GTCS Professional Standards.


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000