The elect

21st October 2005 at 01:00
Now that the dust has settled, we can see more clearly the excitement that has been generated by the elections to the General Teaching Council for Scotland. Er, not a lot, it would appear. Norma Anne Watson, the nursery head from West Lothian who has chaired the GTC for the last two councils, looks likely to be back for a record-breaking third term.

One who might have had a collegiate kicking is Douglas Stewart, a teacher from Perth and Kinross who chairs the sensitive disciplinary subcommittee.

Stewart was a key loss for the Educational Institute of Scotland - which, of course, like all the unions, does not put up slates of its favourites for election. Perish the thought.

The EIS did not do well in its usual battle with the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association for the eight seats representing secondary teachers: it now has only three, two fewer than last time.

The institute may have happier prospects in the secondary heads category, where the Headteachers' Association of Scotland made a clean sweep of the three seats. But one of those elected, Donald Matheson, head of Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh and a former HAS president, is under disciplinary investigation by Argyll and Bute Council.

If he meets the ultimate disciplinary fate, Matheson will not retain his position on the GTC - not least that of chairing its disciplinary committee on occasion.

Then step forward EIS stalwart Ken Goodwin, head of Shawlands Academy, and not, of course, in any way nominated by the EIS. Goodwin was fourth in the secondary heads category and will therefore move effortlessly into Matheson's shoes, as it were.

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