GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

The Deferral Process

We recognise that there will be circumstances which make completion of the Professional Update process within the designated timescale difficult, and extensions to the five-year sign-off period may be required.

These circumstances may include:

  • career breaks;
  • extended illness;
  • maternity/ paternity/ adoption leave;
  • occasional supply work.

If a registrant is unable to complete the process in the designated year, then they will have the opportunity to request a deferral. They should make this request to their employer/local authority who will notify GTCS of their decision (via MyGTCS where this is used).

Deferrals will normally be granted for one year.