Calling all teachers

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by mikelyons, Aug 7, 2009.

  1. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    I know there are lots of teachers on here and this is very important.

    Most of you will probably be unaware that the GTC has developed a Code of Conduct and Practice for teachers. If you have tried to read it, you will realise that it is so general and vague and so open to interpretation that it could be used against any teacher for any reason. It limits your right to free speech and your right to complain about your conditions of service. Also, the standards it imposes on registered teachers are higher than those needed for cannonisation in the Catholic church.

    There is a petition here that can be signed by anyone (teacher or not) to get this dangerous infringement of teachers' rights thrown out. If we don't succeed, this comes into effect in October 2009. You were consulted - apparently.
  2. HaleStorm

    HaleStorm Member

    Thanks for bringing this to attention Mike, im not a registered "proper" teacher, however i do help to teach music in the school i work in (im an ICT Technician), and this will affect me as i also have teaching spine points in my job description. Definitaly gets my signature.
  3. trumpetmike

    trumpetmike Well-Known Member

  4. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    This is shocking...

    edit: Signed
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2009
  5. Hells Bones

    Hells Bones Active Member

  6. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    Out of interest does this apply to all teachers or will it not have to apply to Indepentent Schools?
  7. Errol

    Errol Supporting Member

  8. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Active Member

    Signed. What a pile of nonsense (being polite). Thanks for bringing it up.
  9. Red Dog Brass

    Red Dog Brass Member

    A plea to all teachers and support staff. This thing is real and will hurt. I try not to make personal posts for my company but I urge you all to back this.

  10. mikelyons

    mikelyons Supporting Member

    It will apply to all registered teachers - but may not include those teachers who don't have to register :roll: Some of whom may work in the private sector.
    Do I look surprised?:rolleyes:
  11. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

  12. Kiz7

    Kiz7 Member

    signed, even though I don't have to register. What nonsense!
  13. 4thmandown

    4thmandown Member


    When did the 'consultation' process take place? I don't recall any literature coming my way, or did I forget to read the 'small print'?

    Just another example of the paranoid, 'control freak' nature of our current government
  14. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Just to play Devil's advocate for a moment (and admittedly after only skim reading it) doesn't appear to be any different than any private or public Company based Code of Conduct that I've either read or had to sign up to....certainly post Enron / Sarbanes-Oxley....
  15. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Maybe I'm being obtuse. Could you explain what the issue is with this document? I've just read it, and I'm not entirely sure which bits limit free speech and/or rights to complain. I'm with Keith - it seems no more vague or restrictive than any other code of practice.

    And as far as imposing higher standards than the Catholic church - bearing in mind said church's chequered history on child protection, I should damn well hope so. Besides, I'm not legally obliged to put my children in the care of the Catholic church, but if I keep my kids off school the Truancy Prevention Officer will be round.

    What's needed now is a code of practice for parents complete with disciplinary sanctions for those who refuse to read to their kids, don't make them do their homework or get them to school on time.:mad:
  16. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    I'm against this in every way.

    It's very ambiguous and 'fluffy' and could be interpreted each of a dozen different ways.
  17. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member

    and to teach them how to eat with a knife and fork.
  18. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    Well said Chris. I just resisted the temptation to say something.
  19. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

  20. MrsDoyle

    MrsDoyle Supporting Member

    ^^^ made a good point, I meant

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