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GTC backs union seats

The General Teaching Council signalled this week that it will firmly oppose any significant shake-up in its composition as a condition for granting it extended powers over teacher dismissal, appraisal and in-service.

Ministers, backed by the local authorities, are unwilling to see a strengthened council dominated, as at present, by elected teacher members of the Educational Institute of Scotland. But the GTC on Wednesday approved a report which declared that "the teacher majority principle was sacrosanct and non-negotiable".

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