General Teaching Council scrapped

A quango set up by the former government to regulate teachers is to get the chop.

The General Teaching Council (GTC) for England will be scrapped because it “does not earn its keep”, according to

education secretary Michael Gove.

He told the Commons that the money saved would be spent “on the front line” instead.

The move was welcomed by teaching unions, but the BBC reports the teaching council will be seeking legal advice about the decision.

Last week, the GTC was attacked after finding a teacher and BNP member not guilty of racial intolerance, despite describing immigrants as “savage animals” and “filth”, the Telegraph reports.

Two other education bodies – the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency and the schools technology agency Becta – have already been axed in a political bid to stamp out quangos.

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