Update: March 2012:
- Independent Review of IFL: interim report (pdf). The final report is due in the summer.
- BIS's response
- IfL's response
- BIS's research paper (pdf)
Update, October 2011:
Update, April 2011:
14 February 2011:
Being registered with the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) "the professional body for teaching in England" is a legal requirement for all qualified teachers who work as teachers in:
- maintained schools
- non-maintained special schools
- pupil referral units.
Being registered is also a legal requirement for all overseas trained teachers (OTT) and instructors who work as teachers in maintained schools or non-maintained special schools.
All teachers and trainers working in publicly-funded further education and skills provision are required to register as members of the Institute for Learning (IfL) "the independent professional body for teachers and trainers in further education (FE) and skills" undertake CPD each year and abide by the IfL Code of Professional Practice.
Sixth Form College teachers are entitled to join either IfL or the GTC.
The Government is abolishing the GTC a decision described by Voice General Secretary Philip Parkin as "diminishing the profession Other professions, such as medicine, have professional bodies. All the nations of the UK currently have General Teaching Councils so why not teachers in England?"
The Secretary of State has indicated that the closure of the GTC will be completed by 31 March 2012 so it remains, for now, a legal requirement for all teachers in maintained schools in England and non-maintained special schools to continue to register with the GTC.
FE teachers, however, will, rightly, continue to have their professional body so why not school teachers in England?
Sixth form teachers could join IfL but, in these difficult financial times, what incentive will there be for them to join once the GTCE has gone, especially since IfL's fees have increased to nearly double those of the GTC?
"From 1 April 2011, IfL will become a fully self-financed independent professional body. IfL members will pay their own fees, as is the case for other professional bodies. The fee for the standard membership will be Â£68 per year We recognise that this is a change for many members and that it comes as the funding context for our sector overall is challenging." The GTC registration fee for full and provisional registration from 1 April 2010 is Â£36.50.
We will have the ridiculous and nonsensical situation where one part of the teaching profession will have a professional body and another part will not, while a small group in the middle will be able to elect to be haves or have-nots. It defies logic yet another government policy anomaly.