Teachers' voice

30th April 2004 at 01:00
I was disappointed with your negative reporting of the General Teaching Council elections.

As one of the re-elected members, and a National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers activist, my passion is the central importance of the classroom teacher. I feel that I give classroom teachers a voice on the GTC, vitally important as it is a "teaching council", not a "teachers' council".

The role of the GTC should, and I believe does, complement the role of the unions. Its remit is to regulate and advise. I believe that self-regulation is extremely important for the profession and will, eventually, help to enhance the status of the profession.

Sheila Mountain 35 West Street Chipping Norton Oxfordshire

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