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GTC “Code Of Conduct” Infringes On Teachers’ Civil Liberties

The Times Educational Supplement carries a report detailing the National Union Of Teachers’ response to a proposed Code Of Conduct for teachers.  Briefly put, the proposed “Code Of Conduct” intends to give the General Teaching Council and school heads previously unimagined powers of interference in the private lives of teachers and other school staff.

The GTC’s proposals are detailed on their website and there is a consultation page.  Which naturally I visited, wanting to read in full these Orwellian sounding proposals.  I was not impressed.  It seems that someone else has decided that 1984 is an instruction manual rather than a warning.  The NUT’s response was  similar to mine in many respects, if a little less verbose.

On December 19th 2008 I responded fully to the document via the consultation page.  The questions asked on the consultation page were the expected generic questions with multiple choice answers, making a challenge to the proposals difficult.  However, given a free text field and, of course, this weblog, I am able to make my challenges to the GTC clear for all to read.

They are provided here in full.  I will be interested to see what responses are forthcoming from the GTC.

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