Claim Your College 100-strong coalition publish College of Teaching proposal

The Claim Your College coalition has today (2nd February 2015) outlined its vision, implementation plan and proposal for start-up funding for the founding of a new chartered College of Teaching that is voluntary, member-driven and independent.

The College of Teaching aims to benefit teachers by championing the status of the teaching profession by sharing knowledge and supporting professional development in order to help children and young people succeed.

The proposal also forms the Claim Your College coalition’s response to the Government’s expressions of interest within the Developing the Teaching Profession to a World-class Standard consultation (closing on February 3rd 2015).

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

The proposals are backed by a broad base of unions, subject associations, universities and many teachers and schools, underpinned by a set of guiding principles including and most importantly, that the College will be developed for teachers by teachers.

Eugene Dapper, Head of Year in a London secondary school and Claim your College supporter, says: “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, develop and retain top teachers.

“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. This is disempowering the profession and affecting the standing of teaching in society – too often the vital perspectives of classroom teachers on the ground are not heard.

“Unless we take control of our destiny, the teaching profession will be a rudderless ship being blown off-course and arriving at a destination not of its own making or desire. This has been the experience of the teaching profession for almost two decades.

“A College of Teaching will elevate the profession to the status in which it should be regarded and ultimately help us serve children and young people better. Everyone needs to join the debate to make our voices heard and shape the new College of Teaching from the outset.”

Angela McFarlane, Chief Executive of the College of Teachers, says: “Teaching is a stark example of a major profession that has, to date, had no equivalent to the chartered organisations that support and promote high standards and career development in medicine, law and engineering. The great work that exists in the profession and teachers’ dedication deserves to be recognised and championed in these changing and turbulent times.

“The Claim Your College proposal has been shaped by wide consultation with the education sector over the last two years. It sets out the areas of consensus and immediate next steps alongside the extensive consultation and piloting process that will follow.

“We are delighted that the College of Teaching has cross-party support and welcome the Government’s recognition of the value that the College could bring to the profession. We are seeking start-up funding from a range of sources including government and charitable trusts underpinned by our ethos that any offer of support will only be accepted on the understanding that it cannot compromise the independence of the College of Teaching.”

David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, says: “We are at a crucial moment in the history of the teaching profession, ready to come together to do ever more for the young people in our classrooms. The Claim Your College coalition has received extraordinary interest from the great majority of teachers consulted alongside unions, subject associations, universities, school improvement organisations, third sector organisations and others across the education sector.

“It is essential that teachers are at the heart of the College of Teaching. It must be designed, driven and run by teachers and it will only be effective if it is relevant, high-status and provides true professional progression for teachers. By working together as a profession, through this College, we can help every teacher to be continually better at helping the next generation.”

Sue Williamson, Chief Executive of SSAT, says: “Across our schools we see thousands of great teachers who are committed both to their students, and importantly also to investing in their own professional learning. The new College of Teaching will recognise and extend this – bringing a professional balance of positive challenge with collegiate support. This will be a landmark development for our education system and one which teachers rightly deserve”.

Teachers, and the organisations that support them, can contribute to the development and consultation around the College of Teaching via events, social media and the Claim your College website.

The College of Teaching is not yet open for membership but those interested can sign up for email updates by visiting or by following @CollOfTeaching #CollegeOfTeaching #ClaimYourCollege


To download the Claim Your College coalition’s ‘The profession’s new College of Teaching: A proposal for start-up’, or to pledge your support to the coalition, visit


For Further Information

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Claim Your College representatives, please contact Laura Smith, Consilium Communications on / 07467 945848 or 07766651366.


Notes to Editors

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.
  • The proposal is backed by a 100-strong coalition as of February 1st and this number is expected to grow. 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.
  • The full list of supporters is available on the Claim Your College website or by emailing
  • The guiding principle of a member-led organisation means that ultimately it will be for the membership to decide what the College of Teaching will do for them but potential benefits include greater professional recognition, support from College mentors and access to up-to-date pedagogical evidence and knowledge.
  • As a membership organisation the College of Teaching will ultimately be funded by its members, however there are significant start-up costs, which require external support from a range of charitable and philanthropic sources as well as potentially ‘no-stings attached’ government investment.
  • The proposal titled The profession’s new College of Teaching: A proposal for start-up outline a vision of how the College might operate. The profession’s hands are not tied by this proposal but it is presented as an option for Founding Trustees to consider and consult upon.
  • There is a carefully costed business plan for the possibility that this process leads to a model that is based on a development of the original Blueprint from the Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) commission.
  • To view the history of the College of Teaching process to date, including the evolution of the Claim Your College campaign, visit
  • To find out more about Claim Your College, visit
  • Follow Claim Your College @CollOfTeaching #CollegeOfTeaching #ClaimYourCollege
  • Like Claim Your College on Facebook


About the Department for Education’s consultation