The Chartered College of Teaching is an independent professional membership body for the teaching profession. The aim of the Chartered College is to support teachers in delivering the best education possible. It launches its founding members’ scheme today.
The aims of the College are:
- Ensure high standards of support for teachers by providing guidance for professional development
- Help improve the education of children and young people by championing high standards in teaching
- Promote the wider professional use of evidence to inform teaching practice and policy, curating and disseminating research to help teachers make the best professional decisions
- Articulate profession-led standards of practice in subject content; pedagogical knowledge; professional skills; contribution to the profession; and leadership
- Harness the experience of its members and draw on robust evidence to inform Government and the teaching profession
The Chartered College has the potential to raise the status of the profession and put it on a par with law, accountancy, and the numerous other professions with chartered representation. It will combine teacher-led professional standards, a single code of ethics, a platform for knowledge and a commitment to continuous professional development that will underpin the professionalisation of teaching.
Run by teachers for teachers, it is an organisation that works in partnership with all associations, unions and learned societies to build on the best of teaching, combining this with existing and emerging research evidence. The Chartered College will speak with authority based on evidence about professional issues related to inclusive teaching, curriculum and assessment.
Covering all phases of education and subject specialisms, the Chartered College will connect a diverse community of teachers to share ideas and knowledge and provide an independent, authoritative voice for the teaching profession. Membership is voluntary and offers a pathway of professional development to support teachers at every stage throughout their career.
The information above has been taken, with a few minor adaptations from an information pack sent to Chartered College of Teachers’ advocates. More information is available here.
The formation of a professional body for teachers is one step in us collectively reclaiming our professionalism. It’s no wonder Headteachers’ Roundtable has been supportive from the start; going further by suggesting compulsory membership. The power and influence of the Chartered College will partly be based on us all joining and supporting its work. At £39 for the year or 75p a week it’s money well spent.
“Raising the status of the teaching profession in this country to become the finest in the world requires the profession to fully support the College of Teaching. With the College now established membership should be compulsory for all teachers, with schools given the freedom to pay fees on teachers’ behalf from school budgets. It will be the main body to represent the profession, independent of government, setting standards for teachers based upon on-going research into effective practice. We need to develop a professional culture where all teachers are continually refining their teaching skills.”
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The appointment of Dame Alison Peacock as the first CEO of the Chartered College of Teaching is inspired; I wish her and the organisation every success in the years ahead. Their success will also be our success as a profession; together we’ll grow and flourish.