Letters extra: GTC: kangaroo courts and pointless letters

19th February 2004 at 00:00

It appears to have taken the TES two years to come to the conclusion that the GTC is not that popular amongst teachers -nbsp;and then there is a tone of revelation when suggesting the reasons why that might be.

When the GTC was foisted upon the teaching profession with no consultation, it claimed, loudly, to be there to improve the professional status of teachers. It subsequently claimed that most of its work was "behind the scenes" and therefore not very high profile.

Who am I to doubt the truth of that claim? However, Carol Adams's desperate-sounding defence of the risible "Code of Conduct" illustrates just why many teachers do not back the organisation.

Not content with patronising teachers with it, the suggestion is now that it is for the general public who apparently need to be told what to expect of the profession. I have suggested to the GTC on several occasions that it should concentrate on doing something useful. As there is no prospect of this, I suppose the future holds more judgements from kangaroo courts and pointless letters telling me they have no contact details for me.

D. Lumley
Mount Pleasant, Kingswinfordnbsp;nbsp;

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