D&A College first in Scotland

Release Date: 1 September 2016

D&A College has become the first to be validated by the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) for its commitment to supporting the professional learning and development of lecturing staff and has been awarded a quality mark.

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D&A College Principal Grant Ritchie (left) receives the GTCS validation certificate from Kenneth Muir, while GTCS senior education officer Vikki Robertson (extreme left) and Abi Mawhirt look on

Since 2014, teachers throughout Scotland – in schools, national organisations and universities – have been required to engage in ‘Professional Update’ – ongoing learning across their career.

While mandatory for schools and university staff, Professional Update is currently voluntary for Scottish colleges as is registration with GTCS for college lecturers.

D&A College participated in GTC Scotland’s Professional Update Phase 1 College Pilot in 2014/15. The college is now engaged in the second stage of the pilot.

Abi Mawhirt, head of organisational development at D&A College, said: “Knowing our processes and development opportunities are of high standard, as ratified by the GTCS panel, gives us great satisfaction and reinforces our position as an employer of choice in the education sector.”

Kenneth Muir, GTCS Chief Executive, said: “By engaging in the Professional Update process, Dundee and Angus College has shown its commitment to supporting teaching staff in their development and continued professional learning.

“We are pleased to give them our first quality mark as a confirmation of the quality of their PRD process.”