Confucius Institute for Scotland's SchoolsChinese exchange teachers

Standards for Chinese exchange teachers

These standards were developed in partnership with the General Teaching Council Scotland to provide a framework for reflection and self-evaluation and to inform professional discussion and learning. 

These standards are underpinned by the themes of values, sustainability and leadership.

The relevant documents can be accessed below:

Standards for Chinese Exchange Teachers

Reflective workbook


Chinese exchange teacher handbook

This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for CETs and Hubs covering a CET's time in Scotland.

The handbook covers practical information for settling into life in Scotland plus information explaining GTCS Standards and professional learning available.

The handbook is sent out to hubs when they recieve information about their new CET.


Professional Learning for Chinese Exchange Teachers

With reduced numbers of Chinese Exchange Teachers working in Scotland due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CISS took the opportunity to pilot a new professional learning programme, allowing CETs to progress in their own professional learning journey, better understand the Scottish education system, and brush up on their expertise in pedagogy. The programme covers a different theme each month, based on the Standards for Chinese Exchange Teachers (modelled on the GTCS Standards for Provisional Registration) and includes a professional learning workshop or recording each month, followed by an online discussion session where they can share ideas and examples of good practice. Topics discussed have included formative assessment, moderation, whole school ethos, issues of social justice, inclusion and ASN, promoting positive behaviour and digital learning. The CETs have enjoyed the increased interaction with both the CISS staff and with each other and the opportunity to develop their own knowledge and practice as teachers.