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Teaching in Scotland - requirements?

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by blueskies31, Nov 8, 2015.

  1. blueskies31

    blueskies31 Occasional commenter

    Hi all, I'm an experienced primary teacher, previous DHT, trained specialist teacher of SEN and currently working on a temporary basis in a high school in their learning support department.

    I'm just considering options for the future and wondered would I need to register with GTC Scotland or do any type of 'conversion' to teach in Scotland?

    Any thoughts appreciated.
  2. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    The basic requirement in Scotland is to register with the GTC (Scotland). It is years since I let my registration lapse but I do remember that reinstating it was not a problem.

    Getting registered is not a problem, the problem you will encounter is your qualifications to teach. I do not mean your QTS or degree but other qualifications from school, though sometimes what course you took at Uni might matter.

    For example, it is a requirement that all teachers have a qualification in English post Standard Grade. In Scotland this means an 'H' Grade which, when I was at school, anybody who could crawl got put in for. The equivalent in England had to be A-level though now an AS would qualify, so much less of an issue.

    A simple phone call to the GTC would soon find out whether you qualify for GTC. As long as you do you are acceptable for employment.

    I notice that Aberdeen and Highland are so desperate that they are suggesting that even these requirements might be accommodated in some way.

    So definitely worth a phone call.
  3. blueskies31

    blueskies31 Occasional commenter

    Thanks for the info irs1054.

    Where have you read about the situation in Aberdeen and Highland?
  4. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    I think it was on their own website.
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    @irs1054 - on another topic, glad to hear all went well at the eye clinic for you two!

    Best wishes

  6. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Thanks, I hope I haven't depleted TESs stock of emoticons.:)
    (Nope still OK)
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  8. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    It's not that the requirements would be accommodated just that you could be temporarily registered while gaining any minor top-up qualifications. It's only a proposal just now and may not happen.
    If you fancy a rural school you could probably get registered and then start applying for Headships. They are desperate for Primary Heads in many areas.
    irs1054 likes this.
  9. irs1054

    irs1054 Star commenter

    Thanks for that, the ads I looked at weren't that clear.

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