GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Equality and Diversity Hub launched by GTC Scotland

20 August 2020

GTC Scotland has today launched an Equality and Diversity Hub which includes a range of resources to support registrants to promote equality and diversity in schools, colleges and across learning communities.

The Equality and Diversity Hub includes:

  • an Equality and Diversity Professional Guide, which provides support for teachers to reflect on their understanding of equality and diversity and how it relates to their professional lives, actions and behaviours;
  • two Equality and Diversity Professional Learning Modules to support teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity matters, which have been produced in collaboration with Dianne Cantali of the School of Education and Social Work, University of Dundee;
  • a range of resources collated from partners on protected characteristics; bias and stereotyping; discrimination, harassment and victimisation; intersectionality; leadership; and equity; and
  • case studies to support the critical thinking of teachers around some real-life examples of inequality and discrimination to help challenge and support thinking and professional actions.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar of GTC Scotland, said: “It is almost half a century since the 1976 Race Relations Act came into force and 10 years since the 2010 Equalities Act came into effect. Yet, still, in the second decade of the 21st century, we have a long way to go in addressing some issues of equality in our society.

“Our schools, colleges and learning communities are enriched with a diverse mix of people with a variety of experiences and from different cultures and backgrounds. Teachers should strive to promote equality and diversity ensuring that everyone is treated with respect and that individual differences are valued.”

“The resources available in our Equality and Diversity Hub aim to support teacher professionalism and professional learning. By gaining greater knowledge and understanding of equalities and diversity, teachers can then consider any necessary changes to their learning environment, their practice and their learning and teaching materials.”

Access the Equality and Diversity Hub at gtcs.org.uk/equality-diversity-hub

Further information

GTC Scotland has been working on a number of other equality and diversity initiatives including those from the Teaching in a Diverse Scotland action plan.

GTC Scotland is very grateful for the contributions of our partners in collating materials and providing feedback on our professional learning materials.