“Everyone is an education expert” after-all most people have been to school, even politicians. This has the potential for uniformed opinions both in the general public and political arena to sway attitudes to teachers and professional standards. The PPTA is therefore, in my view, essential in maintaining a balanced view in public debate. I am not sure they always get it right but its good to know they are there.
Incidentally, as a new teacher the PPTA is an essential source of expertise about both my rights and obligations, and independent of the bureaucratic engine.