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The General Teaching Council for Scotland is a Scottish public body. It is the professional regulatory body for teachers in Scotland.

It was the first professional registration body for teachers in the United Kingdom, and one of the first teaching councils in the world.

It has three areas of responsibility:

  • to maintain and enhance professional standards of Scotland's teachers
  • to support new teachers through the Standard for Full Registration
  • to work with partner organisations across the world

It was set up in 1965 under the Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965 following concerns that entry requirements had lowered after the Second World War and unqualified teachers were working in Scottish schools [1]. Its powers, remits and duties have been amended by the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 and the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Act 2000

Functions

  • to maintain The Register of teachers who are eligible to teach in public sector schools in Scotland
  • to review the standards of education, training and fitness of people entering the profession in Scotland and make recommendations to Ministers
  • to oversee the probationary period for teachers
  • to keep informed of the education and professional preparation of teachers in the higher education institutions and review and accredit teacher education programmes
  • to accredit all Chartered Teacher Programmes and modules and award the The Standard for Chartered Teacher
  • to accredit all programmes and modules leading to the award of the Standard for Headship
  • to make recommendations to ministers on Continuing Professional Development and staff development review of teachers
  • to determine whether Registration is to be refused or withdrawn on the grounds of professional Conduct

Its powers are soon to be extended to include removal from the register on the grounds of competence.

See also

External links

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The General Teaching Council for Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba) is a Scottish public body. It is the professional regulatory body for teachers in Scotland.

It was the first professional registration body for teachers in the United Kingdom, and one of the first teaching councils in the world.

It has three areas of responsibility:

  • to maintain and enhance professional standards of Scotland's teachers
  • to support new teachers through the Standard for Full Registration
  • to work with partner organisations across the world

It was set up in 1965 under the Teaching Council (Scotland) Act 1965 following concerns that entry requirements had lowered after the Second World War and unqualified teachers were working in Scottish schools [1]. Its powers, remits and duties have been amended by the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 and the Standards in Scotland's Schools etc Act 2000

Functions

  • to maintain The Register of teachers who are eligible to teach in public sector schools in Scotland
  • to review the standards of education, training and fitness of people entering the profession in Scotland and make recommendations to Ministers
  • to oversee the probationary period for teachers
  • to keep informed of the education and professional preparation of teachers in the higher education institutions and review and accredit teacher education programmes
  • to accredit all Chartered Teacher Programmes and modules and award The Standard for Chartered Teacher
  • to accredit all programmes and modules leading to the award of the Standard for Headship
  • to make recommendations to ministers on Continuing Professional Development and staff development review of teachers
  • to determine whether Registration is to be refused or withdrawn on the grounds of professional Conduct

Its powers are soon to be extended to include removal from the register on the grounds of competence.

See also

External links


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