Your Profession – Your Standards – Your Voice

College Development Network (CDN) is working in partnership with Scottish Government to undertake a fundamental review of the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges.

This is a fantastic opportunity to review and update the Standards and to develop an ambitious framework that will set out the competencies required for lecturers to deliver outstanding services to learners. The ambition is to ensure that the Standards are fit for the needs of college lecturers and students today, and into the future.

The modernisation of the Standards will embed the rapid changes seen across the learning and teaching landscape in recent years. It will also address advances made in technology and consider what that means for today’s practitioners and learners.

Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of CDN, said:

We are delighted to be leading on this critical work for the college sector, in partnership with the Scottish Government. CDN is proud to be the formal guardian and developer of the Standards, and we are determined to deliver an excellent, modernised and user-friendly framework. Our ambition is to ensure that the Standards are fit for the needs of college lecturers and students today, and into the future.

CDN are the guardians of the Professional Standards, which are owned by the Scottish Government. They consist of Initial Standards, which underpin the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE), and a suite of Continuing Professional Development Standards. The Initial Standards were revised in 2012 and the CPD Standards remain unchanged since their introduction in 2006.

The review will be guided by the Professional Standards Review Steering Group which is chaired by Mhairi Harrington, Principal of West Lothian College. The Steering Group, along with the Project Team, has agreed an ambitious approach to the review with a wide-ranging consultation process. This includes an online survey, a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews involving college staff and key stakeholders. The Steering Group is working to develop a vision and a set of values which will be the basis of the Standards.

Mhairi Harrington, Principal of West Lothian College, said:

The College Sector places a great deal of value in developing highly professional staff and see this review as an excellent opportunity to match our new Standards with the future needs of learners and stakeholders.

We are keen for as many people to contribute to the consultation, especially college lecturers.


January 2018

The online survey will be launched along with the focus groups and interviews.

February 2018

The online survey, focus groups and interviews will close mid-February.

March 2018

The Steering Group will be presented with the research results for consideration.

April 2018

The new Professional Standards will be presented to the Steering Group in late April for approval.

Summer 2018

Launch of reviewed Standards.