First female CEO for the General Teaching Council for Scotland
Dr Pauline Stephen has become The General Teaching Council for Scotland’s first female Chief Executive and Registrar, since it was set up in 1965 as the professional body to register and regulate the teaching profession in Scotland.
Pauline, who is from Stonehaven and attended Arduthie Primary and Mackie Academy, succeeds Ken Muir who announced his retirement after more than 40 years in education.
On taking up the role, Pauline said: “GTC Scotland operates in a unique space in Scottish education: an independent space.
"GTC Scotland was established in 1965 after teachers raised concerns about the increasing number of uncertified teachers in Scotland’s schools.
“There was a strong view that establishing GTC Scotland was an important factor in enhancing the public status of the teaching profession by giving the teaching profession itself responsibility for its own standards.
“As we launch the refreshed and restructured Professional Standards for Teachers 2021, and continue our work on the College Lecturer registration project, I look forward to working in ever closer collaboration with our partners in education.”
Pauline added: "It’s by working together that we can help ensure the best possible outcomes for learners.”
Council Convener, David Innes said: “Pauline brings a depth of experience to the role of CEO of GTC Scotland having held senior leadership positions in two Local Authorities as well as with GTC Scotland.
"In each of these roles she has shown insight, talent and enthusiasm along with a strong commitment to supporting teachers and learners and maintaining public confidence in the profession.”
He added: "She will bring these qualities to her new role as she builds on the outstanding work GTC Scotland has taken forward under the stewardship of Ken Muir.”
Pauline began her career in education as a primary teacher becoming Principal Psychologist in Aberdeenshire Council before taking up the role of Director of Schools and Learning in Angus Council.
Pauline then joined GTC Scotland as Director of Education, Registration and Professional Learning in October 2019.