The Labour government decided a few yeas ago to introduce a new layer of bureaucracy in to the teaching profession by launching the General Teaching Council. This move was never wanted by teachers, there was no clear need for such a body, and nobody knew what the GTC would actually do. However, this did not deter Labour, and we now have had a GTC for about 8 years.
The problem is 9 years on that teachers still cannot name one thing the GTC has achieved despite it receiving millions of pounds each years which could have been spent on education rather than meetings, hospitality, hotel fees and the gravy train that goes with such an organisation. I did have a colleague who was on the GTC and he raved about the hotels they stay in for meetings. Beleive me, its not you local travel lodge.
Talking last night at our Christmas meal, one teacher commented that she read that the GTC wants to have the right to remove the qualified teacher status (QTS) from teachers who fails to act as role models. They apparently want to have the right to remove QTS from a teacher who embarrasses themselves on a hen night or has one to many on a stag do. The GTC, in effect, wants to neuter teachers and turn them in to robots who never go out. Yet this is the same GTC that claims to be fighting for teachers rights.
Sadly the GTC is nothing more than a chocolate fireguard. It serves no purpose other than to discipline (and this could be done by someone else) and if the teaching profession itself cannot name one thing the GTC has achieved on behalf of teachers, than is there any point in it ?