Media release: Teacher numbers rise in Scotland – GTCS response


WELCOMING the Scottish Government’s announcement today that teacher numbers have increased by more than 500 in the past year, Kenneth Muir, chief executive of the General Teaching Council for Scotland, said:

“We are pleased to see this evidence of the successful work GTCS has done throughout 2017 to register teachers from Scotland and the rest of the world in preparation for taking up jobs in Scottish schools.

“For example, over the last three years we have seen consistent increases in the number of teachers registering from outside of Scotland.

“Of the total number of teachers from abroad registered in the last three years (1,760), 428 came from other EU countries.

“While maintaining and upholding our Standards for Registration, we have made strenuous efforts to offer more flexible, online processes for potential registrants in order to support the collective effort to raise teacher numbers. It is clear that we have played a key role in this successful, and continuing, work.”

Notes to editors:

The General teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) is the world’s first fully independent, self-regulating, professional body for teaching.

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