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General Teaching Council for Scotland - GTCS

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The General Teaching Council for Scotland - Enhancing Professionalism in Education Since 1965


This toolkit will help you as a teacher to enhance and evidence your professional practice in relation to dyslexia and inclusion.

The Scottish teaching profession is committed to career-long professional learning (CLPL).

Having attained the Standard for Full Registration, teachers will continue to develop their expertise and experience across all areas of their professional practice through appropriate and sustained career-long professional learning. 

Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning


The Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning describes the advanced professional knowledge and pedagogical expertise that registered teachers will develop and maintain as they continue to progress in teaching and the education profession. The standard provides an opportunity for teachers to progress, enrich, develop and enhance their practice, expertise, knowledge, skills and professional values.

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The standards are underpinned by the themes of values, sustainability and leadership. Professional values are at the core of the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning. They are integral to, and demonstrated through, all of our professional relationships and practices.

Professional Values


Professional values are at the core of the Professional Standards.

The Professional Values and Personal Commitment core to being a teacher are:

  • Social Justice
  • Integrity
  • Trust and Respect
  • Professional Commitment

All of the above are intrinsically linked to supporting all learners within an inclusive curriculum.

Career-long Professional Learning (CLPL) Routemap


The CLPL Routemap and the online learning modules for dyslexia and inclusive practice have been developed around the following areas which the GTC identifies as CLPL:

  1. Pedagogy, learning and subject knowledge
  2. Curriculum and assessment
  3. Enquiry and research
  4. Educational contexts and current debates in policy, education and practice
  5. Sustaining and developing professional learning
  6. Learning for sustainability

Information about the nature and purposes of CLPL can be found in the 2012 GTCS publication via this link.