GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Statutory Functions and Initiatives

GTCS carries out a wide range of statutory functions and initiatives to promote, support and develop the professional learning of teachers. Our functions include:

Statutory Functions

  • Maintaining a register of teachers in Scotland
  • Setting the Professional Standards expected of all teachers
  • Accrediting programmes leading to the award of GTCS Standards, including Initial Teacher Education programmes at Scottish universities
  • Advising the Scottish Government on matters relating to Scotland’s teachers and teacher professionalism
  • Providing public protection and assuring the high quality of the teaching profession by investigating and adjudicating on the Fitness to Teach of registrants through robust and fair regulation processes


  • Supporting the successful operation of the Teacher Induction Scheme which provides a guaranteed one-year full-time probationer post to every eligible student graduating with a teaching qualification from one of Scotland's universities
  • Managing and signing off teachers’ Professional Update which confirms that they have engaged in ongoing professional learning and reflected against the appropriate GTCS Professional Standards
  • Providing a dedicated MyGTCS online account to all registrants, enabling them to log their professional learning and access a range of support tools
  • As part of MyGTCS, developing MyPL - a national e-portfolio for all teachers to support and develop their professional learning
  • Operating and promoting the Professional Recognition initiative which supports teachers’ expertise and experience and which accredits professional learning
  • Administering the Student Placement System which is used by universities, local authorities and schools to place student teachers in schools
  • Publishing Teaching Scotland magazine, which issues five times a year to everyone on the teaching register
  • Celebrating, promoting and encouraging professionalism and professional learning communities and organisations through our
  • Promoting and supporting the profession through a range of seminars, webinars, conferences, and research

We work hard to strike the appropriate balance between our role as a regulator of the teaching profession and our work to develop the professional learning of teachers; we believe that these roles complement one another and are in the long-term interests of our children and young people.


At GTCS we have a shared set of values that speak for who we are, how we work and how we want to be seen as a national educational organisation. Our values were chosen by GTCS Council members and staff. We agreed that incorporating these values in our day-to-day work would contribute to making GTCS a modern and effective organisation that is a positive influence on education in Scotland. Our values are:

  • Fairness
  • Integrity
  • Trust and Respect
  • Professionalism
  • Sustainability

We respect these values in our day-to-day work and in our interaction with one another and stakeholders. We endeavour to:

  • Have fairness at the heart of everything we do
  • Act with integrity in all of our work
  • Have trust and respect for each other and our stakeholders
  • Act professionally at all times
  • Encourage sustainable practices in our work