The abolition of the General Teaching Council for England and the future of teacher discipline

Damien Page
2013 Journal of Education Policy  
With the abolition of the General Teaching Council for England in the 2011 Education Act, this article considers the future of teacher discipline in England. It provides a critique of the changes to the regulation of teacher misconduct and incompetence that draws on a Foucauldian framework, especially concerning the issue of public displays of discipline and the concomitant movement to more hidden forms. In addition, the external context of accountability that accompanies the reforms to teacher
more » ... discipline are considered including the perfection of the panoptic metaphor presented by the changes to Ofsted practices such as the introduction of zero-notice inspections. The article concludes that the reforms will further move teachers from being occupational professionals to being organizational professionals marking them apart from comparable professions in medicine and law.
doi:10.1080/02680939.2012.711859 fatcat:ikjrb7kpmfheljhsud224seliu