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Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition provides the opportunity for all those who have completed one year of professional practice after gaining full registration with GTC Scotland to focus on and develop their professional learning in particular areas of interest and/ or expertise and gain recognition for enhancing their knowledge, understanding and practice.

In order to achieve Professional Recognition you are required to adopt an enquiring approach to investigate and evidence how you have engaged in enhanced, significant and sustained professional learning to develop professional knowledge and understanding and how this has impacted on your skills and abilities and on learners and learning. You should demonstrate this in relation to one or more of the key areas of career-long professional learning as outlined in the Standard for Career-Long Professional Learning.

  • Pedagogy, learning and subject knowledge
  • Curriculum and subject knowledge
  • Enquiry and research
  • Educational contexts and current debates in policy, education and practice
  • Sustaining and developing professional learning
  • Learning for sustainability

What areas can I gain professional recognition in?

There are many areas in which primary and secondary teachers can gain professional recognition. The list below isn't exhaustive so if a specific area of interest isn't listed here please get in touch.

Curricular areas:

  • Teaching and learning
  • ICT
  • Numeracy
  • Learning for Sustainability
  • Supporting Pupil Learning
  • Supporting Teacher Learning
  • Mentoring
  • Coaching
  • Assessment
  • Research
  • Creative Learning
  • Project Leadership
  • Supporting Probationer teachers


You must:

  1. Have gained full registration with the General Teaching Council for Scotland.
  2. Have completed one year of professional practice after gaining full registration


To discuss any aspect of Professional Recognition contact:
Professional Learning and Development Department
T: +44(0)131 314 6086