A terse statement issued by the General Teaching Council has announced that Vic Bourne, depute registrar with responsibility for education, is to take early retirement with effect from next March. Mr Bourne is aged 49.
The statement did not elaborate on the reasons but Mr Bourne's departure, after only two years on the staff, is thought to follow a breakdown in relations within the GTC's Edinburgh offices.
Mr Bourne, who is said to have requested early retirement, succeeded Rose Galt, the first depute registrar to have a designated education remit. He had previously been a senior lecturer at St Andrew's College and was an assistant headteacher at Beeslack High in Penicuik.
A business studies teacher to trade, Mr Bourne made his name after a two-year spell as Scottish co-ordinator for teacher recruitment, a secondment funded by the Scottish Office and based at the GTC. This earned him the only tribute in the council's statement which praised "the imaginative range of materials for probationer teachers" he produced during that period.
The council is to advertise for Mr Bourne's replacement.