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Michael Gove has decided to remove the General Teaching Council of England and use the resources on frontline education services. Unfortunately Northern Ireland will not benefit from the same “quango cull” approach. The Northern Ireland General Teaching Council suffers from the same bloat but will undoubtedly survive and prosper while schools and learning are subject to Northern Ireland Minister of Education, Caitriona Ruane’s indiscriminate acts.

Parents should visit the GTCNI website and ask themselves if a body without current regulatory powers is worth any more than the ESA which has cost taxpayers millions without actually coming into being.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said she had “no doubt” Mr Gove’s decision would be welcomed by teachers.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said she had “no doubt” Mr Gove’s decision would be welcomed by teachers.

“I have frequently said that if the GTCE was abolished tomorrow, few would notice and even less would care,” she said.

“Too much time, energy and resource has been frittered away on pursuing projects and issues which duplicated the work of other bodies and did little or nothing to enhance the status of the profession.”

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