The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Code of Professionalism and Conduct (COPAC)

The Code of Professionalism and Conduct (CoPAC) sets out key principles and values for registered teachers in Scotland.

The Code cannot address every possible circumstance in which teachers might find themselves. However, it is intended that teachers should be mindful of the Code in relation to the judgements which they will be called upon to make both within and outwith the classroom.

It is important to note that the Code speaks not only to the profession but also to members of the public about the standards of conduct and competence expected of registered teachers. And, although the behaviours described in CoPAC may be unthinkable to the vast majority of registered teachers, we have a duty to identify them so that the boundaries of professional behaviour and conduct are clear and the trust of the public in teachers is maintained.

The Code sits within the wider framework of our professional standards and provides advice and guidelines for teachers. It will be of value to teachers, to employers and to the general public.


Got a question? Contact:

T: +44 (0) 131 314 6000