GTC Scotland

The General Teaching Council for Scotland

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GTC Scotland publishes additional support for learning professional guides

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) has published three Professional Guides for teachers focusing on additional support needs:

  • Meeting the needs of autistic learners, in partnership with the National Autism Implementation Team, National Autistic Society Scotland, Scottish Autism and Children in Scotland.
  • Meeting the needs of dyslexic learners, in partnership with Dyslexia Scotland; and
  • Understanding neurodiversity in the context of equality and inclusive practice, in partnership with Salvesen Mindroom Centre.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar at GTC Scotland said, “In the last 10 years we have seen a near six-fold increase of children and young people with a recorded additional support need in our schools.

“During this time, GTC Scotland has embarked on a number of projects to help registrants enhance their skills and capacity to support children and young people with additional support needs, the latest of which is the publication of professional guides on autism, neurodiversity and dyslexia.

“The professional guides are deliberately short and easy to read, with very practical guidance that encourages reflection with advice that can be readily adopted into teaching practice. They also complement the increased focus given to additional support needs in the revised Professional Standards for teachers, which become mandatory in August 2021.”

Lorna Johnston at the National Autism Implementation Team said, “The National Autism Implementation Team developed ‘Meeting the needs of autistic learners’ together with National Autistic Society, Scottish Autism, and Children in Scotland with the aspiration that it provides a strong foundation of key considerations for autistic learners and those with related needs. It is intended to support reflective practice and complement a range of professional learning focused on universal and targeted approaches and collaborative working.”

Cathy Magee, Chief Executive at Dyslexia Scotland said, “Dyslexia Scotland welcomes the publication of these new practical professional guides on additional support needs, including on dyslexia. They are useful ‘go to’ resources which we hope all teachers will regularly refer to in order to understand and meet the needs of all learners in their classroom. The Dyslexia Guide includes the Scottish definition, addressing dyslexia in the Scottish context, the broad range of characteristics of dyslexia and what can help, as well as links to a wide selection of useful additional resources for further learning.”

Alyson Miller, CEO at Salvesen Mindroom Centre said, “We are delighted to partner with GTC Scotland to produce this professional guide on neurodiversity. Teachers in schools and colleges do a fantastic job to support all the children and young people under their care and meanwhile our understanding of the broad scope of neurodiversity is developing all the time. This guide is a timely and, we hope, practical aid to increasing knowledge and awareness of this important area of additional support needs.”

Professional Guides

Understanding neurodiversity in the context of equality and inclusive practice: a professional guide for teachers: Read the guide

Meeting the needs of autistic learners: a professional guide for teachers: Read the guide.

Meeting the needs of dyslexic leaners: a professional guide for teachers : Read the guide