The consequences of allegations of misconduct for teachers can be severe. If you are facing an investigation from the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS), we can help. As professionals ourselves, we understand that being subject to such an investigation can be very challenging for you and your loved ones. We are here to provide support at every stage of the process. Whether your complaint is related to the scope of practice issues, professional performance or allegations of misconduct, the lawyers at Beltrami & Company are here to help you.
We also routinely help professionals when they are subject to investigation following a criminal conviction. We can ensure the best possible outcome for your circumstances. To discuss your case with a member of our highly experienced team, call us today on 0141 429 2262} or complete our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you right away.
The GCTS investigation procedure
If the GTCS decides to investigate your case, an Investigating Officer will conduct the investigation impartially. The investigation is about determining the facts of what happened; it is not designed to build a body of evidence against you.
As part of the investigation, the person who made the complaint will be interviewed. The Investigating Officer will also interview your employer and contact any agencies they believe may have useful information, such as the police or the courts.
How long will the investigation last?
While the length of the investigation period will depend on the nature and complexity of the allegations made against you, investigations are typically concluded within six months. You will be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations once all of the information has been collected. If there is enough evidence to support the allegations made against you, the fitness to teach panel will consider what should happen next.
What is a fitness to teach panel hearing?
A fitness to teach panel hearing may be held to determine whether your fitness to teach is impaired. The panel will consider all the information gathered during the initial investigation process and whether any action is necessary. Any panel must include a minimum of three people - the majority will be teachers, with at least one lay (non-teacher) member. At the hearing, you will be asked questions and given an opportunity to present your case. The panel may make a decision that day, or they may defer to a later date.
Teaching council decision appeals
For those who are unhappy with the hearing decision, and feel unfairly treated, you may be able to appeal the decision. You can only appeal on a point of law. To appeal, you must bring your case through the GTC Scotland's Appeals Board or the Court of Session. Time limits for appealing are strict, so it is essential to contact an experienced solicitor right away.
Contact Beltrami & Company GTCS Representation Lawyers Glasgow, Scotland
Here at Beltrami & Company, we offer a high quality, comprehensive service to clients facing GTCS investigation. You can rest assured that we will treat your case with confidentiality and discretion. Our team are based in Glasgow city centre but provide legal advice and assistance to clients throughout Scotland. Contact us today by calling 0141 429 2262 or complete our online enquiry form, and we will get back to you without hesitation.