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Professional Standards 2021

Professional Standards

The Professional Standards 2021 are available to view below, together with supporting materials.

A period of enactment support will now begin, allowing teachers and others to engage, explore and understand the relevance of the Professional Standards before formal enactment on 2 August 2021.

What has changed?

The refreshed and restructured Professional Standards now include a section called ‘Being a teacher in Scotland’ which highlights the professional values of social justice, trust and respect and integrity as being at the heart of what it means to be a teacher in Scotland.  This roots the Professional Standards as a framework that supports what it means to become, to be and to grow as a teacher in Scotland.

Having a strong focus on professional values helps teachers develop their professional identity and underpins a deep commitment to all learners’ cognitive, social and emotional growth and wellbeing. They are integral to, and demonstrated through, teachers’ professional relationships, thinking and actions in their professional practice. Commitment to reflecting on the connections between values and actions and career-long professional learning is a critical part of developing teacher professionalism.

Read and compare the refreshed and revised Professional Standards

1. Interactive Standards

Use our interactive Standards to view and compare up to three of the Professional Standards 2021 side by side.

2. PDF versions of Standards

3. Side by side comparison

4. Literature Review

5. Standards on a Page

6. Comparison to previous Professional Standards

7. Teachers on the refreshed and restructured Professional Standards

8. Focussed comparisons to previous Professional Standards

What is happening with the Professional Code?

A revised Professional Code was put out for consultation in October 2019. Further engagement with registrants – teachers and lecturers – is required to inform work in this important area.

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