GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

About Research

There is a very strong commitment in Scotland to the importance of research in education and GTCS fully supports and promotes this position. GTCS believes that the teaching profession should be both research engaged and research informed and this position underpins the Research Strategy.

To ensure best practice and embrace the values and commitments set out in the Professional Standards, GTCS is committed to developing as an 'enquiring organisation'.      

Our research strategy

Research Aims

The GTCS research aims are:

  • to inform, enhance and develop the notion of the enquiring collaborative profession(al) and, in particular:
    • support and promote engagement with, and participation in, research and enquiry by teachers and lecturers in Scotland.
    • support the development of research capacity across the education system
  • as an independent body, the GTCS will use its own data and research to actively develop and contribute to the knowledge base in Scotland, and use this to critically inform and influence the development of policy and practice in Scottish education
  • to continue to develop and enhance evidence-informed approaches to GTCS Council's policy development

Key Principles

Three key principles underpin GTCS' approach and commitment to research. GTCS will:

  • prioritise and maximise the use of GTCS held data to inform development of policy and practice
  • draw upon and promote knowledge generated from a range of research and data sources. This will include:
    • large and small scale research
    • GTCS and other funded external research
    • international research evidence
    • local, situated, practitioner research
    • government generated data and research
  • contribute to and promote the growth of its 'Professional Capital' as an organisation. In other words, GTCS will:
    • extend and enhance its knowledge base and understandings of relevant educational issues
    • work collaboratively, learning with and from others, to develop collective knowledge
    • be critically informed, as an enquiring organisation, to make the best informed decisions about relevant educational issues and GTCS Council's policy development