This book chronicles the history of the struggle to promote a self-governing body for the teaching profession from its early problems at the start of the twentieth century right through to the establishment of the General Teaching Council of England in 2000. It also explores the interest groups and policy makers who impeded its achievement and the attitude of teacher unions and the teachers themselves to the establishment of such a body.
The book will be of interest to academics, researchers and historians, as well as postgraduate students.

Foreword, Abbreviations, Introduction, 1. The College of Preceptors, 2. The registration bills and the Education Act 1899, 3. The Teachers' Registration Council 1902-7, 4. The Teachers' Registration Council 1908-28, 5. The Royal Society of Teachers, 6. The GTCS and the GTCE 1965-2005, Conclusion, Notes, Select bibliography, Index