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Petition by James Forbes  
 
Closed Petitions - Petition PE1366  
Petition by James Forbes calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to remove the seats reserved for the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church from the General Teaching Council for Scotland.  
Petitioner: James Forbes  
Number of signatures: 66  
Date lodged: 12 October 2010  
SPICe Briefing: Briefing for PE1366 
Summary:

Written Submissions for PE1366  

Written Questions for PE1366  

26 October 2010 :   115The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, General Teaching Council Scotland, Association of Directors of Education Scotland, Scottish Catholic Education Service, Church of Scotland, EIS, School Leaders Scotland, Scottish Inter Faith Council and NASUWT seeking responses to points raised in the petition and during the discussion. 

11 January 2011 :   The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking a response to specific points. 

22 February 2011 :   The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the grounds that the Scottish Government does not have any plans to remove the seats reserved for the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church from the General Teaching Council for Scotland and believes both should retain their seats. Further, the point has been made that members appointed by these churches do not act to represent their 'parent bodies' in decisions about individual teachers and that it is commonly accepted that all members draw on their own unique experience and expertise and objectively assess the facts of each individual case before them. In addition, there was no evidence to suggest that members of the GTCS appointed by the churches approached their work in anything but a professional manner. Link to Official Report 22 February 2011" 

 
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