GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Comhairle Choitcheann Teagaisg na h-Alba

Deadline for 2020-21 Professional Update cohort extended

The deadline for Professional Update (PU) sign-off for cohort 2020-21 has been extended to 31 October 2021. Registrants in the cohort can submit their profile for sign-off at any time before this date. This deadline has been extended in recognition of the additional pressures on teachers and lecturers during this period of recovery.

Text message?

Please note that if you received notice of this deadline by text, this means we do not currently hold a valid email address for you. Please update your details as outlined below.

Update your details

Please check that your details are correct on your MyGTCS account and amend as necessary: log in to MyGTCS. Your username if your GTC Scotland Registration Number. If you do not have a MyGTCS account, please contact


If you require support or are on a career break, extended illness, parental leave etc., then a deferral may be appropriate. If this is the case, please contact your headteacher or Local Authority Professional Update (LA PU) Officer. Find out more about deferrals.

Direct Submission

If you are working outwith Scotland, retired or not working, or your employer does not have a PU partnership agreement with GTC Scotland (i.e. they are not validated), you can complete PU sign-off by Direct Submission. This can be done at any point between now and 31 October 2021.

Find out more about making a Direct Submission.

Supply teachers and Gateway/CPD manager users

 Teachers on supply should contact their LA PU officer for guidance on how to complete the PU sign-off process.

 For those registrants who work within local authorities that use Gateway/CPD manager, please be advised that GTC Scotland do not have access to this system. Please contact your headteacher or LA PU officer as they will be able to assist you.

Contacting us

If you have any further queries, please contact the PU Team via the Contact Form. GTC Scotland aims to respond to all correspondence within five working days.


If you record your professional learning on MyGTCS, you will notice the new MyPL icon when you log in. This will take you to the new version of the PU section which has been revised following feedback from registrants. If you haven’t used MyPL before, please take some time to look at the features. Please remember that lengthy entries are not required to ‘justify’ professional learning undertaken. Records on an online profile should serve only as a memory aid to support the in-depth professional conversations in Professional Review and Development Meetings.

If you experience any difficulty navigating MyPL please use the ‘need help?’ tab in the bottom right-hand corner of the home page. If you continue to have trouble, please contact us at