Commission Proposes New College of Teaching

PARN Global News Article - 10 February 2014

Commission Proposes New College of Teaching

Setting standards and sharing research would be responsibilities of a College of Teaching, according to plans for creating a professional body for teachers in England highlighted in a recent BBC article.

The blueprint for an independent, professional body for teaching has been produced by a commission set up by the Prince's Teaching Institute, which included head teachers, teachers, academy providers, academics and teachers' unions.

The teaching institute, which has the Prince of Wales as president, has been acting as broker for talks about setting up a professional body since September 2012. This marks the latest stage in discussions about creating a college.

The functions of the proposed College of Teaching would be to set standards, help with professional development and to use research to improve professional practice. It would provide a voice for the profession - in the way that there are professional bodies in medicine and law.

Standards would include areas such as subject knowledge, professional skills and leadership. The college would also become a centre for commissioning, collecting and sharing research about teaching. But it would not be involved in the areas where teachers are represented by unions, such as pay and conditions.

Members could be expelled from the college for misconduct, but it would not have any role in disciplinary cases involving teachers.

There has been a political row about whether staff must have qualified teacher status if they have a permanent teaching post. The proposed college says that unqualified staff could join as "associate" members, but this would be a stepping stone to becoming a full member, rather than an alternative type of membership. The college suggests that no-one would be allowed to be an associate member for more than three years. There would also be a higher tier of membership, called a "fellow".


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Find out more about this interesting article on the BBC website or download the Commission's report: