GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Pre-application guidance for Teachers Qualified in United Kingdom (UK) or Rest of the world (ROW)

General

Unfortunately no, we are unable to confirm whether you are eligible for registration until you submit a formal application for registration with all the required documentation. This is because each case is different and a number of factors are taken into consideration.

At present, our Registration Rules do not permit registration of applicants who do not hold an appropriate teaching qualification.

Please note that in Scotland, there are eight Universities which offer Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) sets entry requirements for all ITE programmes in Scotland, however, these are only minimum requirements. As some ITE programmes are very popular you may need to have qualifications that exceed minimum requirements. It is therefore advisable to check with the University that you wish to apply to as whether they will accept the qualifications that you have.

Please visit Teach in Scotland for further information.

You will have to complete your teacher education qualification before you can apply for registration.

It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish state school to be registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), therefore holding QTS will not make you eligible to teach in Scottish schools.

NB If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) or/and General Teaching Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI), you should complete an Automatic Recognition form.

We would recommend that you visit the Education Scotland website.

There are also short courses available at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde which are designed for teachers who have been out of the classroom for some time and/or who are new to the Scottish education system. Information about these can be found here.

Assessment Process/ Decision Outcomes

All applications are assessed on an individual basis. If you qualified with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) Wales or the General Teaching Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI), you may be eligible for Automatic Recognition with the GTC Scotland. If this is the case then your application should be processed and a decision made with the minimum of delay, assuming you provide all of the correct supporting documentation.

We would advise you to contact your nominated referee(s) to ensure they are willing to support your application – delays are often experienced because referees do not submit a report. The reference form will be sent to your nominated referee(s) via email, therefore, it is crucial that you provide their correct work email address.

There are 4 possible outcomes of the assessment of your application:

1. Full registration

This type of registration will be awarded because:

  • You meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories; and
  • We have received satisfactory referee reports on 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service (or 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in one school) completed within the last ten years and which has included sufficient service relevant to the category in which we have been able to offer you registration (please see References/ Probation (Induction) in Scotland section of FAQs for more information).

2. Provisional Registration

This type of registration will be awarded because:

  • You meet the teacher education and academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories;
  • However, you do not have the necessary teaching service to meet requirements for full registration in the category in which we have been able to award you registration in. This means that you will be required to complete a probationary period of up to 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service prior to obtaining Full registration with GTC Scotland.

Provisionally registered teachers are permitted to teach in Scotland, however, they need to complete their probation and meet the Standard for Full registration within 5 years of becoming registered.

3. Provisional (Conditional) Registration

This type of registration has been awarded because:

  • You do not fully meet the teacher education and/or academic study requirements for registration in one or more of the available GTC Scotland registration categories;
  • If a probationary period is also required - we have received satisfactory referee reports on your teaching service but we have been unable to waive the probationary requirements as your qualifications and/or teaching experience do not meet our requirements for full registration in the category in which we have been able to award you registration.

Provisionally conditionally registered teachers are permitted to teach in Scotland, however, they need to fulfil the condition(s) within 3 years of becoming registered.

4. Refusal of Registration

If your application for registration is refused this means that, unfortunately, you have not met the academic study and/or teacher education requirements for registration with GTC Scotland and the shortfall is deemed so significant that we are unable to award Provisional (Conditional) Registration.

You will receive full reasons for this decision in writing.

You will be considered for registration in the registration category/subject(s) that you have covered in your teacher education qualification and if you subject is taught in Scottish schools.

The Register is divided into two parts according to the subject and sectors taught in Scotland. GTC Scotland offers registration to teachers in:

  • Primary Education - Primary Education covers the 3 – 12 years age range. Primary Education teachers are required to deliver the full Primary Curriculum across the entire age range.
  • Secondary Education - covers the 12 - 18 years age range.

We offer registration in the following subjects in Secondary Education: Art & Design*, Biology with Science, Business Education*, Chemistry with Science, Classical Studies: Classics, Greek and Latin*, Computing*, Dance, Drama*, Economics, English*, Gaelic*, Geography, Geology, History, Home Economics*, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages*, Modern Studies*, Media Studies*, Music*, Philosophy, Physical Education*, Physics with Science, Philosophy, Psychology Religious Education*, Technological Education* and Sociology.

We also offer registration in:

Community Languages (Urdu and Polish)*(the 3 – 18 years age range), TESOL *(Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (the 3 – 18 years age range), Additional Support Needs (ASN) (the 3 – 18 years age range).

For more information on our requirements for registration in ASN, please visits our website here- Additional Support Needs Registration..

An asterisk (*) indicates that this curriculum subject has specific academic entry requirements. For more information, please refer to Memorandum on Entry.

Once we have completed our assessment of your case, you will receive a decision by email.

Salary Scale/ Contract types/ Teaching Positions in Scotland

Unfortunately the GTC Scotland has no remit over employment matters (such as pay scales, contracts, et cetera), therefore any decision on salary scales will be made by your employer.

However, your salary scale could be affected depending on the registration type (please see Assessment Process/ Decision Outcomes section for details) you are offered by the GTC Scotland. We would advise that you discuss options directly with any employer.

It is a legal requirement for any teacher teaching in a Scottish school to be registered with GTC Scotland.

You should contact the Local Education Authorities (listed here: Scottish education system) directly to check whether they would be willing to accept an application from you before you are registered with the GTC Scotland.

Information relating to teaching positions in Scotland (e.g. job vacancies, salary scales) should be sought from local education authorities directly. You may find it useful to look at My Job Scotland and the Times Education Supplement for Scotland (TESS) , which is published every Friday.

Documents

Yes. If your documentation is in a language other than English, you must submit scanned copies of this documentation in the original language and certified English translations. This does not apply to your passport.

You will not be able to complete your online submission unless the requested mandatory documentation is uploaded at time of applying.

Your case assessor will contact you if any other documentation is required to reach a decision. It is important that you provide any additional documentation within the timescale given by your assessor.

Teaching in Scotland is a graduate profession and the GTC Scotland assesses applications from teachers who have qualified outside Scotland using the criteria that teachers qualified in Scotland are required to meet. We will need to ensure that applicants have the required correct degree level academic credit in the subject that they are qualified to teach, and that their teaching qualification is comparable to a Scottish initial teacher education programme.

For more information on our eligibility criteria, please see – Eligibility criteria and Memorandum on Entry.

Probation (Induction) in Scotland

Teachers in Scotland are required to complete a probationary period of 270 days’ full-time equivalent teaching service (or 190 days’ continuous full-time teaching service in one school). Full details of probationary service can be found at www.in2teaching.org.uk .

If you have already completed satisfactory teaching service in your subject area within the last 10 years, we may be able waive the probationary service requirements, provided we can obtain a satisfactory reference from your nominated referee(s). The number of days’ satisfactory teaching service that you have completed within the last 10 years will be deducted from the maximum possible number of days (270). Please note that we can only consider paid teaching employment given after you qualified as a teacher.

If your application for registration is successful you will be offered registration. At this point we will send your EPVG application to Disclosure Scotland on your behalf for processing. Once Disclosure Scotland ahs finalised its checks, you (the applicant) will be sent an EPVG Scheme Record and a copy will be send to us (the counter signatory).

Please note that we are unable to consider the following types of service towards a probationary period:voluntary service; teaching assistant/language assistant posts; nursery/early years practitioner posts; private tutoring; after school classes/clubs; service given as part of your student teaching practice; service given before you qualified as a teacher, service given more than 10 years ago.

Yes we will consider all teaching service provided we obtain satisfactory referee reports and the service was within the last 10 years.

Yes it can, although this service would only count as 45% of any probation period. This is because it was service away from the subject or sector that you qualified in.

If you have not taught since you qualified as a teacher or within the last 10 years, we will consider your application for registration. However, it is very likely that you will be considered for provisional or provisional (conditional) registration and you will be required to complete a period of probationary service.

Possibly. If you completed a BEd or PGCE and have been offered registration by the GTC Scotland and you completed and successfully passed an induction period in the previous five years, you may be eligible for full registration.

Important Note: If you qualified as a teacher with a BEd or PGCE in the UK and you are currently registered with National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Education Workforce Council (EWC) Wales or General Teaching Council Northern Ireland (GTCNI), you should apply for Automatic Recognition.

Newly Qualified Teachers

If you have recently completed your teacher qualification but have not yet been issued with your award certificate, you should provide an official statement from the awarding institution giving the following information:

  • the title of the qualification
  • the date on which you passed the qualification
  • that you are not subject to any appeals process
  • that there are no known impediments to you being issued with your teaching qualification certificate at graduation

You will be required to upload this document with your application for registration.

If you recently qualified and you have not yet started out on your teaching career you can still apply for registration, however, with no teaching service, it is likely that you will be required to complete a probationary period.