Media release: GTCS introduces new fitness-to-teach rules and threshold policy


THE General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) is implementing new, fitness-to-teach-rules, which will come into force on 21 August 2017.

The rules set out the procedure that is followed when GTCS investigates and determines the fitness-to-teach of registrants or applicants for registration.

The new rules were subject to a public consultation which ran from September through to the end of November 2016.

Jennifer Macdonald, GTCS director of Regulation and Legal Services, said: “The changes made will streamline our fitness-to-teach procedures, making them quicker and more targeted towards addressing risk of harm.

“The protection of the public remains central to GTCS’s fitness-to-teach processes. Our aim is to achieve new procedures that are effective, proportionate, transparent, consistent and sensitive to those involved.”

A new fitness-to-teach threshold policy is also being introduced, which sets out what GTCS investigates under its fitness-to-teach procedures.

The document provides important information for anyone wishing to make a fitness-to-teach referral to GTCS about a teacher.

Notes for editors:

Read GTCS’s response to the public consultation on the new Fitness-to-Teach rules at:

Read the revised GTCS Fitness-to-Teach rules 2017 at:

Read the Fitness-to-Teach Threshold policy at:


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