The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Instrumental Music Instructors

GTC Scotland has developed a process to allow the award of Affiliate membership for those currently employed in Scotland as Instrumental Music Instructors (IMIs). This award has been developed by a working group including representatives of unions, local authorities, parents, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and IMIs.

Successful IMI applicants will be awarded Affiliate Membership of the GTCS and currently will not be subject to the GTCS regulatory functions.

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Criteria for Award of Affiliate Membership

Three separate groups of IMIs have been identified and these, and the criteria required for registration, are detailed below. 

 

 Criteria required for registration

   

SFR

Teaching Experience

Reference

Portfolio

Group A:

Those who have a degree (SCQF level 9 or above) relating to Music/ Education
Meets the principles and outcomes of the Standard for Registration Teaching for at least one year full time (or two years part time) Reference from Head of Service/ Line Manager N/A

Group B:

Those who do not have a degree but have a licentiate qualification (or equivalent)
Meets the principles and outcomes of the Standard for Registration Teaching for at least one year full time (or two years part time) Reference from Head of Service/ Line Manager Reduced portfolio submission

Group C:

Those who have no qualification

Meets the principles and outcomes of the Standard for Registration Teaching for at least five years full time/ part time Reference from Head of Service/ Line Manager Full portfolio submission

Professional Standard for Instrumental Music Instructors

GTC Scotland has developed Standard for Registration for Instrumental Music Instructors, outlining the mandatory requirements for Registration with GTC Scotland.

How do I apply and what happens?

The process has been designed to be as efficient as possible. The key areas that you must consider are:

  • Which group do I belong do?
  • Do I have the required documentary evidence of qualifications?
  • Do I have the support of my line manager or head of service?

Application Process

Instrumental Music Instructor Application Process

Background Information

Affiliate Members will get, as part of their membership:

  • Membership of the self-regulating independent body that supports education in Scotland
  • Teaching Scotland, the flagship magazine of the GTCS, which contains opinion pieces about key topics in education, alongside regular features on learning, practice and professional resources
  • Access to EBSCO, an internationally renowned global educational research facility
  • Support in Professional Review and Development through new resources
  • Coaching advice

With the award of Affiliate Membership, the following obligation will be agreed to:

  • Ensure you continue to meet the Standard for IMI Registration
  • Keep the GTCS informed of any personal detail changes via your MyGTCS account
  • In the future Professional Update will be introduced

Current legislation only permits the GTCS to register and regulate teachers. However, it is expected that the Scottish Government will make legislative changes which will allow the GTCS to register other educational professionals. The GTCS sees the award of Affiliate membership as a stepping stone to full registration.

This depends on which group you are in. For group A and B the GTCS will aim to assess and make the decision within 15 working days. Applicants in group C will go to a decision panel. It is planned to hold these panels six times a year.

Not at present.

A working group which includes representatives from GTCS, Heads of Instrumental Teaching (HITS), Scottish Parent Teacher Council (SPTC), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSC), National Parent Forum Scotland (NPFS), Educational Institute of Scotland Instrumental Music Teachers' Network, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), City of Edinburgh Council, Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME), Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) and the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES).