Scotland - Reaccreditation on the cards

5th March 2010 at 00:00

Scottish teachers face a highly controversial process of reaccreditation to confirm they are fit to continue teaching, under new legislation giving the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) independent status.

The reformed GTCS, which regulates the teaching profession, is being invited by the Scottish government to "develop and consult on proposals for a system of reaccreditation".

Tony Finn, chief executive of the GTCS, pledged to ensure the process was supportive of teachers. He was eager to distance the move from the "licence to teach" being introduced in England.

"This is not a way of weeding out weak teachers, as in England, but a means of identifying areas where teachers may need assistance to develop skills for the future," Mr Finn said.

He also insisted that reaccreditation would not be linked with the GTCS's handling of cases involving teachers accused of being incompetent. eb.

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