GTCS Teachers Guides Published

18 November 2020
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GTC Scotland and Dyslexia Scotland publish Professional Guide on Dyslexia

The General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTC Scotland) has published three Professional Guides for teachers focusing on additional support needs:

  • 'Meeting the needs of dyslexic learners', in partnership with Dyslexia Scotland;
  • 'Meeting the needs of autistic learners', in partnership with the National Autism Implementation Team, National Autistic Society Scotland, Scottish Autism and Children in Scotland;
  • 'Understanding neurodiversity in the context of equality and inclusive practice', in partnership with Salvesen Mindroom Centre.

Ken Muir, Chief Executive and Registrar at GTC Scotland said, “In the last 10 years we have seen a near six-fold increase of children and young people with a recorded additional support need in our schools.

“During this time, GTC Scotland has embarked on a number of projects to help registrants enhance their skills and capacity to support children and young people with additional support needs, the latest of which is the publication of professional guides on autism, neurodiversity and dyslexia.

“The professional guides are deliberately short and easy to read, with very practical guidance that encourages reflection with advice that can be readily adopted into teaching practice. They also complement the increased focus given to additional support needs in the revised Professional Standards for teachers, which become mandatory in August 2021.” 

Cathy Magee, our Chief Executive, said, “Dyslexia Scotland welcomes the publication of these new practical professional guides on additional support needs, including on dyslexia. They are useful ‘go to’ resources which we hope all teachers will regularly refer to in order to understand and meet the needs of all learners in their classroom. The Dyslexia Guide includes the Scottish definition, addressing dyslexia in the Scottish context, the broad range of characteristics of dyslexia and what can help, as well as links to a wide selection of useful additional resources for further learning.”

See the full GTCS Press Release

See the Dyslexia Guide

See GTCS's Teaching Scotland magazine with an article about the new Professional Guides