Professionalism may be ‘diluted’ by new council

GTCS chief questions whether librarians, educational psychologists and others ‘not directly involved’ in teaching should be included in proposed workforce body

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What is a teacher? That seemingly simple question can, in fact, be a philosophical conundrum. And it’s one that’s at the heart of the debate about a proposed body for education professionals.

The plan is to establish an Education Workforce Council for Scotland (EWCS) to reflect a broader mix of people in education than the existing General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS). The GTCS, which would be replaced by the new body, is fine with the idea in principle – but warns that the Education Bill on the table goes way too far.

GTCS chief executive Ken Muir says “a case could be made” for ...

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