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Annual report and accounts : Year to 01 April 2013

General Teaching Council for Scotland


Annual Report and Accounts Year to 01 April 2013 Driving forward professional standards for teachers Registered Charity: SC006187 Vision GTC Scotland, as the independent professional body which promotes and regulates the teaching profession in Scotland, aspires to: • be a world leader in professional education issues; • maintain and enhance standards of teaching and of teacher professionalism; and • maintain the confidence of the public by always working in the public interest. Contents Clerwood House, the headquarters of GTC Scotland 2Convener’s report General Teaching Council for Scotland Annual Report 2013 3 One of the most palpable changes over the past year has been in the decision-making structures and processes of Council. We have moved from fifty members to thirty seven, and in doing so have maintained our distinction of having a majority of elected teacher members from Nursery/Primary Education through to Higher Education. Nineteen Council members are elected by a vote open to all registered teachers, eleven Council members are nominated by a range of stakeholders representing the educational community of Scotland, and seven lay Council members are appointed by an independent Appointments Committee. Our governance structures are now informed by the need to keep policy formation quite distinct from adjudication processes. To facilitate the latter, we have expanded recruitment of registered teachers and lay persons into the adjudication panels to fill places previously occupied by Council members. While these changes were exhaustively planned and approved by the previous Council that held office until March 2012, they have given our current Council significant challenges as we have adjusted to the changes. It is a tribute to the commitment of our Council members and the servicing and professional support of Clerwood House staff, that the first year of independence has been concluded successfully. There are two

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