A common theme in posts relating to workplace abuse (bullying) is the impotence of individuals to stand up to the combined will - I would say 'corruption' - of Headteachers, governing bodies and employers, whether or not they are local authorities. In addition to recourse in Law, through Tribunals or through the courts, teachers should be able to have confidence that their prescribed regulator will investigate complaints of professional misconduct with integrity. Workplace abuse, or 'bullying', meets the criteria for 'professional misconduct' and is in breach of the Code of Conduct. The present regulator, the GTC(E), fails to regulate the teaching profession in an independent, unbiased way. It fails to investigate complaints of bullying from individuals and is open to influence from employers. Individuals are left with nowhere to go other than to find a new job or stay and find themselves the victims or some of the worst excesses we have read about in these forums. Ultimately there is no accountability for bullying Heads when employers are willing to collude with them. Following my complete exoneration by the GTC - a case that <u>was</u> properly investigated by them - I submitted complaints of professional misconduct to the GTC relating to my bullies. To exemplify would be to risk identifying myself. However, I will say that each complaint was meticulously and comprehensively evidenced and included third party statements. Additionally, I identified the precise location of additional evidence, the disclosure of which had been refused to me and named numerous witnesses that should be interviewed. My former employer (in this case, an LEA) involved its legal department, which put heavy pressure on the GTC to drop the complaints. The GTC dropped them without any attempt to consider the evidence in support, nor to make any evidence to seek out the additional evidence. It breached its own procedures in doing so and did not follow its prescribed investigatory protocols. The demise of the corrupt GTC is long overdue. The Education Act will shortly gain Royal Assent and the GTC will cease to exist from April 2012. My Member of Parliament, who is also a Minister, believes there is no mileage in chasing up my complaint with individuals at the GTC. However, there is every opportunity to ensure that whichever body succeeds it as the prescribed regulator is required to act with integrity. My MP is in communication with Michael Gove concerning my experience and the status of the new regulator. He is putting pressure on him to ensure the new regulator is 'fit for purpose'. With echoes of the plea made by John Whittingdale (Chair, Culture, Media and Sports Committee) in the recent 'hackgate' debate for a PCC replacement, teachers also need a regulator that is 'strong and independent'. In a profession where workplace abuse is endemic, Headteachers and employers need to know that the regulator will investigate complaints of bullying without fear or bias and that they will be held accountable for their actions. There is not often an opportunity to influence for the better but there is currently a window in which you may do so. Please will you write to your MPs and/or directly to Michael Gove and make the case for the new regulator's role in combating workplace abuse?