Edinburgh College receives validation from GTCS

Edinburgh College has received validation from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in recognition of the College’s policy and guidance for staff professional learning and development.

The College’s Enhance programme was developed in December 2016 and is designed to support lecturers and College staff engage in career-long professional learning and development across their career.

Over 150 members of staff engaged in the programme’s first year, reflecting on the professional standards, and considering the impact of their professional learning on students.

GTCS was particularly impressed with the commitment of the Edinburgh College leadership team towards staff professional learning. This was further demonstrated through the development of a coherent structure and routes to support new lecturers, as well as key staff involved in supporting learning and teaching.

Edinburgh College Principal Audrey Cumberford said: “We are delighted to receive validation from the GTCS in recognition of our commitment to the continued professional development of our staff. At Edinburgh College, ensuring we are meeting, and exceeding, professional standards is essential to providing the best possible learning experience for our students and to delivering innovative education.”

GTCS Senior Education Officer Vikki Robertson said: “Edinburgh College has taken great steps towards creating an innovative professional learning programme to help staff grow and develop. We are pleased to validate the Enhance programme with the GTCS quality mark for Professional Update.”

“The GTCS panel was impressed by the leadership team’s commitment to professional learning at a strategic level. Also commended was the Staff Academy which aims to develop a culture of career-long professional learning, and the Reflective Practice Network which enhances learning through peer observation, professional dialogue and reflection.”

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