General Teaching Council

The General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) is the statutory, self-regulating professional body for teachers in Wales. It seeks to raise the status of teaching by maintaining and promoting the highest standards of professional practice and conduct in the interests of teachers, pupils and the general public.
Under section 134 of the Education Act 2002 and Regulation 7 of the Education (Specified Work and Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2004, every qualified teacher who carries out the ‘specified work’ of a teacher in a maintained school must be registered with the General Teaching Council for Wales. Other persons with Qualified Teacher Status, such as those working in independent schools, further or higher education, as home tutors or those not currently teaching are also encouraged to register.
Since 31st May 2006, in accordance with the Education Act 2002 and the Education 2002 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Order 2006, a person shall not be eligible for registration with GTCW unless it is satisfied as to his or her suitability to be a registered teacher.
In determining suitability, GTCW will make a Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check. In addition, for persons who have spent time overseas (was born, has lived outside the UK to adulthood or has spent more than three months outside the UK in the last 5 years) the person will be required to sign a declaration to confirm the details of any criminal offences abroad or that he / she has no criminal record.
Any criminal offences or other information displayed on an Enhanced Disclosure will be formally considered by GTCW in determining a person’s suitability to be a registered teacher. This will includes offences committed prior or during teacher training.
Details of GTCW procedures for considering such matters and further guidance is available from:
The General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) – Professional Standards Team
Address:  4th Floor, Southgate House, Wood Street, Cardiff, CF10 1EW
Telephone: 029 20550 350
Note: The DBS Enhanced Disclosure check as part of GTCW registration will be additional to any disclosures checks required by employers or supply agencies when seeking teaching posts.

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