GTCS - Review of Registration and Standard Rules

Created on: 23 Jan 2018 | Last modified: 31 May 2018

Do you have any comments on our proposal to require applicants who have qualified outside Scotland to have completed teacher education that is broadly comparable to what is required of a teacher qualified in Scotland?

The EIS would have serious concerns about any change to the registration criteria which constituted a lowering of the bar in relation to entry to the GTCS register.

Scotland has one of the best-qualified teacher workforces in the world and retaining an all-graduate profession is important to maintaining and enhancing our high standards. Only if the term 'broadly comparable' means adherence to the essential requirement that applicants hold a degree-level qualification and a relevant and credible teaching certificate would the EIS support this change.

The EIS recognises that this proposal will assist recruitment. However, recruitment issues cannot drive any dilution of standards.

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