Keeping teaching standards high

Angus Council is supporting a scheme to ensure that pupils continue to enjoy a high standard of teaching.

A meeting of the authority’s Education Committee was informed recently that from April, the General Teaching Council Scotland (GTC) will become the world’s first independent self-regulating professional body for teaching.

The GTC regulates the teaching profession in Scotland and ensures that children are taught by qualified registered teachers

As part of this reform, the Scottish Government placed the GTC Scotland under a duty to introduce a new scheme of professional review and development to help teachers keep their skills up to date.

This scheme is to be based on a supportive and rigorous system of professional review and development and build on the current good practice of helping teachers to keep their skill base current.

Education convener Peter Nield said: “The majority of proposals outlined reflect the very good practice that already exists within the Angus education service for professional review and development of teachers. The new scheme will support our work in maintaining and improving the quality of our teachers to enhance the impact they have on pupils’ learning.”

The committee also heard that the new independent GTC plans to introduce a new Framework on Teacher Competence. This framework will ensure a standard of professional competence expected by GTC for fully registered teachers.