18th February 2005 at 00:00
* Must I have a teaching qualification?

In general, yes, but lengthy and relevant teaching service may be considered in lieu of one.

* Is teaching a graduate profession in Scotland?

Yes, but evidence of some academic qualifications and at least 10 years'

teaching service may make it possible to gain registration.

* Do I have to be registered with the GTC Scotland to teach in Scotland?

Yes, except in some private and independent schools. Get an application form from the GTCS.

* What information should I provide?

The golden rule should be: if in doubt supply the lot, including an academic transcript, that is, a list of all the modules you covered during your degree level course.

* What does it mean when I am offered registration with a condition attached?

Normally conditions are only applied when an applicant has an academic shortfall. This might mean you have to complete additional degree-level study.

* What happens if I am refused registration?

You will be given full details of the reasons why and the assessor will offer advice and guidance as to how registration can be obtained.

* Will I always be placed on probation?

No. If you are academically qualified, have a relevant teaching qualification and at least four terms of full-time equivalent teaching experience, you may be offered full registration.

l... already have a police disclosure certificate. Do I need to go through the process again?


* I am from overseas. Do I need overseas police checks?

Yes, and if you have spent eight weeks or more in a foreign country, the GTCS will require you to supply documentary evidence that you have no criminal record in the country concerned.

* I cannot obtain an overseas police check. What can I do?

Notify the exceptional admissions department. There is a procedure in place to deal with this.

Taken from the GTC Scotland leaflet The Pathways to Teaching in Scotland www.gtcs.org.uk

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