The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Rules and policies

All of our Fitness to Teach proceedings are governed by rules and legislation. If you are appearing at a hearing, it is important that you or your representative is familiar with the Fitness to Teach Rules 2017. We will highlight these to anyone who is subject to our fitness to teach process throughout our correspondence. They are also available to view here.

Our Fitness to Teach Threshold Policy sets out what GTCS will investigate under our fitness to teach procedures. This is important information for anyone wishing to make a referral to GTCS about a teacher's conduct or professional competence.

Practice Statements

We have also put a number of practice statements in place to help guide and inform best practice at hearings. They seek to ensure that we adopt efficient, effective, rational and consistent practice. They also promote our commitment to principles of transparency and fairness and best regulatory practice.

We would recommend that anyone subject to a fitness to teach investigation or hearing (or is a representative) is familiar with the practice statement relevant to the circumstances of their case.


Practice Statement


22 Aug 2019 Guidance to GTCS Fitness to Teach panel members ("panel members") in respect of conduct at hearings (which is also sometimes known as "judicial conduct").
22 Aug 2019 Guidance to Fitness to Teach Panels on the decision-making and writing process in conduct hearings.
21 Aug 2017 Guidance to support the rational and consistent determination of fitness to teach conduct cases.
26 Sep 2018 Guidance to GTCS staff, Fitness to Teach Panels and Conveners as well as parties on medical evidence requirements in order to enable health matters to be properly and fairly considered within the fitness to teach process.
08 May 2018 Guidance for Fitness to Teach Panels on the procedure and factors to consider in making fitness to teach determinations and in deciding what action should be taken or sanction imposed.
27 Sep 2017  
21 Aug 2017 Guidance to Fitness to Teach Panels, the Appeals Board and Conveners when considering hearing postponement or adjournment requests.
26 Sep 2018 Guidance to Fitness to Teach Panels when making decisions regarding orders to prevent or restrict the public disclosure of any aspect of proceedings.
21 Aug 2017 Guidance to support the rational and consistent determination of fitness to teach professional competence cases.
27 Sep 2017  
 21 Aug 2017 Guidance on temporary restriction orders and the procedure and factors that Fitness to Teach Panels should bear in mind in making any such direction.
22 Aug 2019 Guidance to parties and Panels on the use of electronic communications in hearings.
25 Sep 2019 Guidance in respect of the evidence of witnesses who are vulnerable and also on the use of hearsay evidence