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'Active' bar put on hold

THE GTC is disappointed that ministers have held back from giving the council control over staff development, saying the undertaking to reconsider it in five years will mean an unacceptable delay.

The move would have put teachers at risk of being struck off if they did not show evidence of "active" staff development. The unions are opposed and say teachers do not have sufficient opportunities for honing skills.

But the GTC points out: "If it is mandatory for teachers to undertake certain staff development activities in order to maintain their registration, the employing authorities will by the same token require to make appropriate provision available."

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