GTCS & Professional Standards

GTCS matters for every teacher.

The EIS supports the work of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in its increasingly important role in Scottish education. 

The work of GTCS impacts on teacher professionalism and the work of teachers throughout their careers. This role is of particular importance with the introduction of Professional Update and the development of teacher professionalism.

To be able to teach in Scotland, every teacher must be registered, and remain registered, with GTCS.

  • GTCS sets 3 professional standards; The Standards for Registration, The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning and The Standard for Leadership and Management 
  • GTCS accredits Initial Teacher Education as well as playing an increasing role in the area of professional learning. 
  • Cases of alleged teacher misconduct or incompetence are reported to GTCS, which has the right to use the ultimate sanction of removing teachers from the GTCS Register.

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Education Workforce Council Submission

14 February 2018

The EIS has highlighted its serious concerns over the Scottish Government’s plans to disba ...
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New Professional Standards for Teachers

14 February 2018

New Professional Standards which set expectations and aspirations for teachers throughout ...
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