The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Enhancing professionalism in education since 1965

The Standards

Our Standards for Registration provide a gate-keeping function for entry into teaching in Scotland and Full Registration continues to be the baseline Professional Standard for Competence. 

The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning has been developed to support teachers choosing to reflect on this Standard as part of their professional learning.

The Standards for Leadership and Management have been developed to support the self-evaluation and professional learning of those in, or aspiring to, formal leadership roles in schools. There are currently two routes to achieving the Standard for Headship in Scotland, find out more about Headship Qualifications.

Professional Standards FAQs and Myths

Learning for Sustainability has been embedded within the Standards to support teachers in actively embracing and promoting principles and practices of sustainability in all aspects of their work.

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Word versions of the Standards are available upon request to:


For further information about our Professional Standards, contact:

T: +44 (0)131 314 6000