Professional values The General Teaching Council (GTC) was introduced in September 2000. It is the statutory professional body for teachers and holds a register of all qualified teachers. Removal from this list can occur as a result of unacceptable conduct, serious professional misconduct or incompetence. To guide teachers in their work the GTC has issued a code of professional practice for teachers (this can be downloaded from www.gtce.org.uk). It is a good idea at the outset of your training to look at this code and to see how you 'measure up' in outlook.