Friday, April 16, 2010

Unregistered at last

It's official. I am no longer eligible to teach in Scotland - I have the letter telling me so. I thought it was time to give up any pretence that I might one day feel the need to re-enter the classroom; in the past four-and-a-half years I have not been even remotely tempted. I stayed registered during that period, I suppose, in case boredom or penury should prove too much for me in my retired state, but it has not been so. The letter from the GTC thanked me for the time I have given to the teaching profession in Scotland, and wished me well for the future.

I take heart from their assurance that I still have a future, but today I was reflecting on the past, for the setting up of the GTC coincided with my time at university, when I was already sure that I would teach. Before that, I remember the dreaded "non-certificated" teachers who occasionally made an appearance in our classrooms, usually in times of prolonged staff illness. They never lasted, and even as teenagers we knew they didn't quite cut it. The GTC, I reckon, has been A Good Thing. And like all good things, for me, it has come to an end.


  1. I remember being quite touched by the 'thank you'. Though a form letter, it was personally expressed and, I seem to recall, signed by an individual.

  2. What are you going to do with all this time you'll have on your hands?

  3. Anonymous7:04 PM

    Hi Chris,

    Finished the Ambler... going to get all the rest!! I had forgotten just how nicely crafted his work is, especially compared to some of the rubbish we get nowadays

    Donald McKee

  4. Eamonn, do you really need to ask? ;-)

  5. Donald, I'm hoping to borrow the others ...

    But for now I'm re-reading some Graham Greene!