An unwanted bureaucracy

17th March 2006 at 00:00
I read Carol Adams's letter (TES, February 24), with the same sinking feeling that manifests whenever we hear from the General Teaching Council for England - that unrepresentative, unwanted and undemocratic bureaucracy which has been foisted upon us.

The GTC serves no useful function. Everything Carol Adams points to is done (and done better) by other organisations, that survive or perish only if they can offer a service schools and teachers value enough to pay for willingly.

I think I will stand in the GTC's next round of ersatz elections; my manifesto won't take up much space: "Scrap the GTC - it does nothing useful, we didn't ask for it and we don't want it."

How many other staffrooms across the country have their litter bins filled with unwanted mailings from the GTC on a regular basis? I think that makes my point.

Martin Edmonds



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