General Certificate of Education. Academic examination of basic secondary education generally taken by 14-16 year olds but are available to anyone who would like to study a subject that interests them. GCSEs are available in a wide range of academic and work-related subjects. The government is currently in the process of revamping the GCSEs.
Gifted and Talented
The gifted are those with high ability in one or more academic subject and the talented are those with a high ability in sport, music, visual arts and/or performing arts. Schools are encouraged to identify the top 5-10 per cent of each year group as gifted or talented, regardless of the general level of ability within the school.
The golden hello is a one-off taxable bonus to encourage graduates to enter the teaching profession and teach priority secondary subjects in maintained schools. There are two golden hello rates - £2,500 and £5,000. However the DfE has closed the Golden Hello scheme for all trainees starting their initial teacher training in the academic year 2011/12 and beyond. Trainees who started their postgraduate ITT course before 1 August 2011 will continue to be able to make their application for the scheme under the current terms and conditions.
Graduate Teacher Programme
The GTP is an employment based training programme where schools can benefit from grant payments to cover the salary costs of their trainees. Schools can take on additional unqualified teachers and train them on the job. However the government has closed the GTP and will replace it from September 2012 with a school-led training programme called School Direct [see School Direct for more information].
Maintained schools which select or all or most of their pupils by academic ability.
The General Teaching Council for Scotland is the professional body for the teaching profession in Scotland.