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Brighouse calls for TTA to be scrapped

THE Teacher Training Agency should be scrapped and its functions taken over by England's General Teaching Council, Professor Tim Brighouse told The TES this week.

Birmingham's outgoing chief education officer and new GTC member said:

"Control over entry standards and teachers' professional development should not be in the hands of what is a government quango, it should be given to the teaching profession."

The call came as the GTC issued its strongest criticism of government policy yet, claiming that Labour's second-term vision for education was at risk because it had not yet got the backing of teachers.

In a paper which was presented to a council meeting this week in Southampton, GTC chief executive Carol Adams writes that Labour's strategy, which includes helping teachers raise standards by taking non-teaching tasks off their hands, has "yet to be recognised and endorsed by the teaching profession".

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