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The General Teaching Council for Scotland

Professional Standards 2021 Engagement

Professional Standards

The final drafts of the Professional Standards 2021 were approved by Council at the end of June and are now available to view below. We are organising focus groups from 19 October – 13 November to gather final feedback about the draft standards. 

These focus groups will provide an opportunity for teachers, partners, parents, and children and young people to share their final thoughts and ideas about Professional Standards in action. These sessions will be structured around the following questions:

  1. Is the structure, language and content of the Professional Standards 2021 coherent and usable?
  2. How well do the Professional Standards 2021 articulate what it means to be a teacher in Scotland?
  3. What help is needed to support the enactment of Professional Standards 2021 as central to teacher professional learning and development?

If you are interested in contributing to these feedback sessions, please complete this short form

What has changed?

The refreshed and revised 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.

What is happening with the Professional Code?

Further work is taking place to refine the Professional Code for teachers and to develop a Professional Code for lecturers.

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