An invitation to respond to GTC Scotland consultations 2010

In January 2008 the First Minister announced that the General Teaching Council for Scotland would be established as a ‘self- regulatory, profession led body, along the lines of the General Medical Council. Consultation followed focussing on some key functions of the Council and in January 2010 the response to that consultation was published.

To enact the resultant changes to the Council, regulation will be placed before Parliament in September 2010. The current 12th Council will continue to exist in the meantime with the 13th Council being the first to operate under the new legislative framework in late 2011 or early 2012.

The General Teaching Council for Scotland is now moving to a period of consultation with stakeholders.

Two consultations will shortly take place:

•       Consultation on the Election and Appointment of Council Members

29th September 2010 closing on 29th December 2010

The GTCs needs to decide on several key points relating to how they elect and appoint people to sit on the Council. Your views are important to us on these proposals relating to how registered teachers are elected and public interest members appointed to a future independent Council.

•       Consultation on Registration and Standards Rules

1st October 2010 closing on 3rd January 2011

This second consultation proposes new registration and standards rules and a revised statement of the principles governing exceptional admissions to the register. These rules will apply to those seeking registration (or re registration) with the General Teaching Council for Scotland, as well as those already registered with the Council who are looking to gain professional standards awards.

Responses will be published around March 2011.

To read more details concerning both consultations and to take part please go to