GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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.

Find out more about the deferral process by downloading the Professional Update Guidance Notes.