The General Teaching Council for Scotland

The Deferral Process

We recognise that there will be a number of circumstances which may make completion of the Professional Update process within the designated timescale difficult, including career breaks, extended illness, maternity/ paternity/ adoption leave, and occasional supply work, for which extensions to the five year sign-off period may be required.

If a registrant is unable to complete the process in the designated year, then the registrant will have the opportunity to request a deferral. This deferral request will be made at local authority/ employer level and the decision notified to GTC Scotland. For those who have chosen to use the MyGTCS system this will be done via MyGTCS. Deferrals will normally be granted for a period of one year. You can find out more about the deferral process by downloading the Professional Update Guidance Notes.