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Education (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 27: Employment of teachers in grant-aided schools

166.Section 27 amends section 90(1) of the 1980 Act (employment of teachers). Section 90(1) currently enables the Scottish Ministers, by regulations made under section 2 (Scottish Ministers may prescribe standards etc. for education authorities) or 74(1) (payment of grants to be subject to conditions), to prescribe that only registered teachers (defined in section 135(1) of the 1980 Act as a teacher registered under the Public Services Reform (General Teaching Council for Scotland) Order 2011 (i.e. registered with the GTCS)) shall be employed or continue to be employed as teachers by education authorities in the educational establishments to which the regulations apply. Section 27 extends section 90(1) to cover managers of grant-aided schools with the effect that regulations under section 2 or 74(1) of the 1980 Act can prescribe that only teachers registered with the GTCS shall be employed as teachers in grant-aided schools. Section 90(1) enables regulations to make exceptions, thereby retaining flexibility (similar to independent schools) to make exceptions to the requirement that teachers in grant-aided schools must be GTCS registered which will support a phased implementation of the requirement.

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