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Removing barriers, promoting opportunities: shaping the future for teachers with disabilities in England

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General Teaching Council for England (GTCE)
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  • Education
  • Law
  • Political Science

Abstract

Layout 2 Background The GTCE has been the regulatory body for teachers in England since 2000. It is due to be abolished in 2012 with some of its functions transferred to an executive agency within the Department for Education. Our statutory duties include offering advice to government and other key decision and policy makers on a variety of issues, ranging from how pupils’ learning should be assessed, to improving access to the profession for people with disabilities and advising on how schools should be accountable for their performance. All of our work on equalities and diversity issues is based upon research and evidence. Our clear commitment is to promote and ensure equality, in the firm belief that equity of opportunity is a cornerstone of high quality teaching and learning. Working in partnership with teachers, schools and a variety of organisations with an interest in equality and diversity in education, the GTCE strives to: • encourage diversity, improving outcomes and ..experiences for all groups of children and young ..people; • tackle discrimination in the workforce; • offer advice on the introduction and maintenance of ..equality strategies and schemes; and • generate increased understanding, engaging ..organisations and individuals in helping to.further . ..develop the GTCE’s policy advice. For example, the GTCE along with a range of other organisations has previously called for the government to revoke the health standard for teachers (Fitness to Teach) which has been applied in a discriminatory manner against those with disabilities. The standard acts as a barrier to those entering or remaining in the profession. Removing barriers, promoting opportunities Shaping the future for teachers with disabilities in England Publication date: May 2011 “The one thing that would improve my life is for other teachers to understand what it is like to teach with a disability”. Dionne, Nottinghamshire 1 Disability and teaching – sharing experiences In 2005, the GTCE es

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