Be part of the future of teaching – become a founding trustee of the College of Teaching

The College of Teaching, a new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has today (20.05.15) launched its recruitment drive for the appointment of 13 founding trustees at

The College of Teaching proposal put forward by the Claim Your College coalition in February is based on extensive consultation with the teaching profession and backed by more than 400 educational organisations and prominent individuals.

A generous grant from The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation and other philanthropic donations have enabled the coalition to start the process of recruiting the founding board.

A selection committee, with experience in primary, secondary and SEN from across local, independent, government-funded and direct-funded schools, has been appointed to lead the recruitment of founding trustees.

The committee were nominated to represent the diversity of experience and expertise in the teaching profession by academy principals, unions including ASCL, NAHT, NUT, ATL and Voice the Union and wider organisations including the National Governors’ Association, ISC and LGA.

Angela McFarlane, Chief Executive of the College of Teachers, says: “There is a wide and growing body of individual and organisational supporters who want to see the foundation of a College of Teaching. The appointment of the selection committee, composed of 15 representatives of the profession who have volunteered significant time, along with the recruitment of founding trustees represent a major milestone in making the College a reality.

“We encourage all teachers and individuals with the expertise needed to found a chartered professional body to apply for the exciting role of founding trustee. Those selected will play a crucial role in delivering the broad vision set out for the College of Teaching and creating a compelling member proposition to ensure sustainability.”

The role, which is a voluntary position, will see successful candidates play a key leadership and governance role in the creation of a new professional body that will have a profound and positive impact on the teaching profession and, ultimately, on the lives of learners. They will be responsible for deciding strategy and building membership, answerable to the members of the College and required to observe best practice in the running of a charity.

The selection committee are seeking to appoint 13 individuals, with a minimum of five teachers and two head teachers, with relevant professional knowledge and experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Effective teaching and learning.
  • Professional development.
  • Professional accreditation.
  • Research and evidence based practice.
  • The expertise necessary to found and run a competent professional membership organisation, to include legal, HR, financial, project management, communications, professional membership organisations, marketing and fundraising.

The closing date for applications is noon on 16th June 2015. All applications must be made online at where further information about the College of Teaching, the role of a trustee and how to apply can be found.



For Further Information

For further information, please contact Laura Smith, Consilium Communications on / 07467 945848


Notes to Editors

Recruitment of the founding board

  • The individuals in the selection committee were nominated by: academy principals, ASCL, ATL, College of Teachers, LGA, ISC, NAHT, National Governors Association, NUT, Prince’s Teaching Institute, SSAT, Teacher Development Trust and Voice the Union.
  • The 15 nominated to lead the recruitment of founding trustees are: Melanie Aley – Headteacher, primary; Eugene Dapper, Year Progress Leader in a London secondary school; Ben Driver – secondary maths specialist at King’s College School; Graham Goldup – Senior Assistant Headteacher, Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Hove; Alex Grady – SEN specialist, Chair of Governors; Sue Hincks – Headmistress of the girls’ division of Bolton School; Kaisra Khan – Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator, The Kingsmead School; Kim Knappett – KS3 science lead in a South London boys’ community school; Anne Lyons – Headteacher, St John Fischer Catholic Primary School; Heather McKenzie – SENCO Co-ordinator and Assistant Headteacher; Lorne Pearcey – Teacher, King Edward VI Camp Hill Boys’ School; Marva Rollins – Headteacher; Michael Tidd – Deputy Headteacher, primary and nursery school; Wendy Tomes – Executive Headteacher, Sidney Stringer Multi-Academy Trust; Carl Ward – Chief Executive, City Learning Trust and Selection Committee Chair.

About the College of Teaching and Claim Your College campaign

  • The proposed College of Teaching aims to give teachers equality of status with other professions by advancing high standards, recognising excellence and promoting evidence-based practice and policy. It will not have a regulatory role, will be independent of government and membership will be entirely voluntary.
  • The Claim Your College coalition has been initiated by the existing College of Teachers, The Prince’s Teaching Institute, the Teacher Development Trust and the SSAT in collaboration with practising teachers and school leaders.
  • It builds on a Blueprint for a new College of Teaching, which was published by The Prince’s Teaching Institute in February 2014.
  • The Blueprint resulted from a commission led by The Prince’s Teaching Institute and was informed by two 2012 publications: Towards a Royal College of Teaching (RCS) and Great Teachers: attracting and retaining the best (Education Select Committee, May 2012).
  • There are numerous benefits of joining a College of Teaching, from being accredited against valid, portable, respected, sector-led standards; gaining access to a career pathway that informs high-quality professional development and learning and building a validated portfolio documenting professional impact based on classroom experience.
  • Members would sign up to a common code of practice that reflects aspirational standards of teaching, an evidence-informed approach to practice, ethical behaviour, promotion of the profession and the best possible opportunities for learners.
  • Individual membership fees are estimated to start at £30 pa.
  • Institutional members will commit to supporting their teachers in their entitlement to professional development.
  • The proposal is backed by a 400-strong coalition. This includes a wide range of organisations and individuals from across the education sector including unions, subject associations, schools, practising teachers, school improvement and leadership organisations and third sector organisations.
  • To find out more about Claim Your College, visit
  • Follow Claim Your College @CollOfTeaching #CollegeOfTeaching #ClaimYourCollege.
  • Like Claim Your College on Facebook

About The Mercers’ Company

  • The Mercers’ Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London and has a long history of supporting education. It is involved with 17 schools, primary and secondary, across the independent and maintained sectors. The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation provides grant funding to support a range of educational projects.