General Teaching Council
General Teaching Council for Wales
The General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW) is the statutory, self-regulating professional body for teachers in Wales. We work to raise the status of the profession through greater public understanding of what is involved in teaching.
Under the Education Act 2002 and The Education (Specified Work and Registration) (Wales) Regulations 2010, 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 (subject to certain exemptions).
Since 31st May 2006, in accordance with the Education Act 2002 and the Education 2002 (Commencement No. 10 and Transitional Provisions) (Wales) Order 2006, an applicant is not eligible for registration with GTCW unless the Council is satisfied as to their suitability to be a registered teacher.
In determining suitability the GTCW will include consideration of:-
- a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure check
- the declaration section of the registration application form completed by the applicant. Namely, the declaration of any previous disciplinary action / sanction by an employer / agent, professional / regulatory body or the Secretary of State / Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
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 include any offences committed prior to the application for registration being made.
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: 9th Floor, East Gate House, Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB
Telephone: 029 2046 0099
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