Supporters of setting up a College of Teaching have written a paper, ‘Claim your College’, outlining how the organisation would work.
Mr. Dapper, a head of year at a London secondary school, explained how setting up a professional body for teachers would impact on the power they have over their careers: “The absence of a professional body for teaching has resulted in teachers' professional practice being determined more by the political cycle than by research and evidence. We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the direction in which the profession is heading and to establish a clear vision that will help attract and develop top teachers.”
According to the authors of the paper, their proposals already have the backing of teachers' unions, subject associations and universities, as well as many individual teachers and schools.
Written in response to a consultation launched by ministers in December, the document outlines a vision, implementation plan and detailed start-up proposals for funding and founding the new college.
They say the college would:
- Accredit members against "respected sector-led standards"
- Give teachers a career pathway and access to "high-quality professional development"
- Draw on academic research to build a "quality assured and diverse professional knowledge base"
- Develop a code of practice for teachers
It would be autonomous, voluntary and independent of government while "working alongside and complementing it," the authors say.
The team predicts the college could be fully open by 2018.
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