THE General Teaching Council has no intention of "moving into pay and conditions" as your report of our meeting implies (TES, February 16). Our role isn't to invade union territory - that's crowded enough already - but to fulfil our statutory duties of advising Government on the range of professional issues identified in the 1998 Act, as well as enabling self-regulation.
Many teachers, and unions, have been campaigning for years for a GTC. Now that the fee for teachers to register with the GTC has been set - pound;19.50 a year after tax relief - we're determined to get on with the job of poving ourselves to the profession. We're already lobbying hard on securing an entitlement to high quality professional development for all teachers and next month will begin consulting on a professional code. The associated issues of recruitment, retention and the pressures on teachers' time will also be high on our agenda.
The GTC is made up of a majority of teachers who believe in the potential of an independent and powerful voice. We're not interested in turf wars but in making a difference for teachers.
General Teaching Council