Crowdfunding campaign – statement from the Founding Trustees of the College of Teaching

The Founding Trustees of the College of Teaching would like to thank those individuals and organisations that pledged their support to the crowdfunding campaign.

The crowdfunding campaign is closing on Thursday (25th February) as planned. As the target will not be met, the College of Teaching will not be taking any money from the accounts of those who have pledged and any payment details will be removed from the system.

The crowdfunding campaign provided the College with a way to raise funds to enable the College to release teachers to work on the development of the membership model. We will now continue to work with teachers on a voluntary basis, building on the support we have had to date from teachers all over the country. We will also continue to raise funds from other sources, including charitable foundations.

Importantly the crowdfunding campaign sought to raise awareness of the College of Teaching and provide opportunities for engagement with the profession through activities such as The Big Staff Meeting membership consultation.

Over 20,000 teachers have been reached through the campaign and whilst there is continued interest and appetite for the College, teachers have told us they want more detailed information about what the College will offer members before they commit funds. We have listened to that feedback and are concentrating on launching the membership offer in the Autumn.

The College is supported by incredible volunteers and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their time, energy and ideas. As an emerging organisation, we recognise that we need to continue to extend our reach across the country and will be engaging in further consultation in the Summer term.

The Big Staff Meeting survey is closing as planned on the 27th February and is available at: www.research.net/r/N3L3KMC.

The College looks ahead to sharing its aspiration of growing a voluntary, membership body that stands for all those who recognise that life-long learning and development are the key qualities of a profession.

ENDS


For further information

For further information, please contact Laura Smith at lsmith@collegeofteaching.ac.uk / 07467 945848 or email info@collegeofteaching.ac.uk

Notes to Editors

About the College of Teaching and Claim Your College campaign
• The 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 was originally 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 work of the Claim Your College coalition 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).
• Claim Your College is backed by a 450-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.
• There are numerous benefits of joining a College of Teaching when membership is open, 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.
• To find out more about Claim Your College and the College of Teaching, visit www.claimyourcollege.org.
• Follow Claim Your College @CollOfTeaching #CollegeOfTeaching #ClaimYourCollege.
• Like Claim Your College on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/claimyourcollege.