SQA recognises teacher achievements at GTCS Awards

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, presents an Excellence in Professional Learning Award to Glasgow City Council’s Leaders of Learning team

SQA helped recognise excellence in the education sector at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Professional Learning Awards.

The ceremony brought together teachers and other education professionals from across Scotland, to celebrate the commitment of individuals and organisations to ongoing professional learning.

John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, delivered the keynote address, and together with Ken Muir, Chief Executive of GTCS, was on hand to present the awards. There were four categories, with eight inspiring initiatives awarded in the Excellence in Professional Learning Award for Schools and Learning Communities category.

Lifting a trophy in this category was the team behind Glasgow City Council’s Leaders of Learning programme. The initiative provides a range of learning opportunities for teachers across the city. Also recognised was Glasgow’s St Mungo’s Academy, where collaboration amongst the staff is helping pupils reach their full potential. Teachers at Kelso High School in the Borders were rewarded for creating an ethos that promotes and supports Professional Learning.

All the award winners recognise that developing and sharing their knowledge has a significant impact on the lives of Scotland’s children and young people. SQA works closely with GTCS to ensure teachers are supported in this process. 

Lee-Anne Quinn, SQA Liaison Manager, says: “We provide a range of resources to help teachers deliver SQA’s National Courses. With changes to the way some courses are assessed currently being implemented, we will continue to work with schools and colleges to make sure they are equipped with the information they need.”

SQA Chief Executive, Dr Janet Brown, says that SQA values its partnership with GTCS and its members. She says: “Scottish education is made up of a diverse group of passionate, and dedicated professionals who have the common goal of delivering a first class education experience for all our young people. At SQA, we proudly believe in that common goal and are committed to working together to achieve it.”

SQA congratulates all the award winners.