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March 2016 – Nicky Morgan unveils new vision for the education system

Education white paper outlines plans to transform England’s schools and build on the progress that has already been made.

A new accreditation system to recognise teachers’ expertise and ability in the classroom rather than just their completion of a training course is part of a new vision for schools to raise standards and extend opportunity to every child.

In a white paper launched today (17 March 2016), Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has set out radical new proposals which will transform England’s schools and build on the sustained progress that has already been made over the course of the last Parliament. Read the full article.


Schools Week Online – Educational Excellence Everywhere: Schools White Paper reveals QTS plans 

Qualified teacher status (QTS) will be replaced with a “stronger accreditation”, in new proposals from the government.

Education secretary Nicky Morgan this morning launched a White Paper – “Educational Excellence Everywhere” – outlining the government’s plans to “transform” England’s schools.

It comes a day after Chancellor George Osborne announced every school would be converted to an academy by 2022Read the full article.


TES Online – ‘Why Tom Bennett is right about the College of Teaching – even if he has changed his mind’ 

The ResearchED founder has been a supporter of the idea of a college in the past, writes one of the college’s leading advocates, and his voice, now critical, remains a welcome one

Successfully instigating a major change in education is really hard. I have enormous respect for Tom Bennett as a founder and driving force of the spectacular ResearchED movement.

It espouses the very best of British education: enthusiastic, professional and imaginative with just a whiff of the revolutionary scepticism that we do so well in this country. Read the full article.


Learning Spy – The rise of the unscrupulous optimist

“Optimism, n.: The doctrine or belief that everything is beautiful, including what is ugly.” Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

Education is a project filled with hope. We stand, framed heroically against the setting sun and scan the horizon for new stuff to transform the tired, outmoded, factory clamour of the past and hope – oh, how we hope – that everything will be better. But our forward-looking, progressive stance means we can all too easily miss seeing a landscape littered with failed ideas and the scorched ruins of unscrupulous optimism. Read the full article.


TES Online- What next for the College of teachers

Tom Bennett explores why no one’s claiming the College yet.

Political campaigns that try to scare people away from their opponent’s policy are often labelled ‘Project Fear’. In education we often see the opposite: I call it ‘Project Hope’, where a strategy or intervention is sold as being so unquestionable, so holy a good that to be against it is an affront to decency. Objectors are accused of standing in the way of progress through vague references to the shining future being thwarted. Neither tactic is helpful if you’re trying to have a sensible conversation about anything. Read the full article.


February 2016


TES Online – College of Teaching defiant after crowdfunding ‘hiccup’

‘We’re the tortoise, not the hare’, insists spokeswoman, as race to raise £250K ends with just £21K in pledges

Organisers of the embryonic College of Teaching insist that their plans are still on course, despite the failure of a campaign to crowdfund the development of the new professional body.

They had hoped to meet a target of 1,000 donors by the end of yesterday, but had made just over 200 Read the full article.


Schools Week Online – College of teaching: Crowdfuding bid to release teachers to develop membership model fails

Plans to pay schools to release teachers to help develop the new College of Teaching have been abandoned after a crowdfunding campaign failed.

A bid to raise £250,000 through pledges via the online crowdfunding tool Hubbub has been abandoned after it raised less than 10 per cent of its target with just two days to go until the deadline. Read the full article.


Newham Recorded Online – Beckton headteachers call for self regulation of teaching profession

A headteacher has called for teachers to self-regulate their profession in order to retain both morale and the quality of education. Joan Deslandes, who is in charge of Kingsford Community School, also expressed her concerns that social mobility had been hindered by politicising the school system. Read the full article.


Not Dead Fish – The tale of two colleges (blog)

I believe in the College of Teaching (COT).

To declare my position. I am a teacher. I not currently employed in a school. I may be again one day. I am a consultant. I work in and with charities I think the College is the right thing for the teaching profession and I pay credit to those who have got it this far. I think that mistakes have been made and that some concerns that have been raised are valid. Read the full article.


The Tablet – Charter for change

The new College of Teaching is expected to herald a big shift for the teaching profession. One of its trustees, Paul Barber, pictured, explains why it is important for Catholic schools In education, we are used to new initiatives. But, occasionally, something comes along that has the potential to have a huge impact, long into the future.Read the full article.


January 2016

SecEd – College of Teaching plans to open its doors in September

Teachers should be able to apply to join the Royal College of Teaching from September if all goes to plan in the coming months. Chair of the College of Teaching, secondary maths teacher Claire Dockar, has told SecEd that important details such as membership eligibility and the level of membership fees still need to be thrashed out in the coming months. However, she is hopeful that by the start of the next academic year, teachers will be able to sign up. Read the full article.

Teacher Toolkit – College of Teaching

Are you for or against a proposed College of Teaching? Or are you still someone who is undecided?

I was delighted to receive an invitation to the House of Commons on behalf of the proposed College of Teaching. This is not a new idea. I write this update and share what I think (now) needs to happen. The jury is out …

Run for teachers, by teachers, the College will be a member-driven and voluntary body, committed to improving the education of children and young people, enhancing the status of teaching and recognising excellence.

Neil Carmichael MP, Chair of the Education Selection Committee, hosted a reception event (21 January 2016) at the House of Commons, London, to mark the progress achieved to date in the development of the College of Teaching – the independent, chartered professional body for the teaching profession. Read the full article.

TES – We can’t miss this opportunity to set up a professional body for teachers

The proposed College of Teaching will benefit teachers everywhere, and we must show our support, writes a curriculum expert When you’re snowed under with marking, report writing and parents’ evenings, it’s easy to overlook a particular one-off email that didn’t seem that urgent. It’s easy to miss an item in morning briefing when you’re already preoccupied with your priorities for the day. We’ve all done it. We do it all the time. But there are new opportunities out there for teachers and we are missing them. The biggest one at the moment is the potential for the development of the College of Teaching – a member-led professional body for teachers of all career stages. Read the full article.

ASCL – The Big Staff Meeting: take half an hour and have your say!

Teachers from all phases and stages are being asked to put aside half an hour to take part in The Big Staff Meeting. By taking part in this short school meeting, teachers will help determine the future membership of the College of Teaching – the new chartered professional body for the teaching profession. Following this debate, teachers can take part in a national consultation by responding to key membership questions online. Downloadable resources have been created for schools to take part – for more details see online.

Leading Learner – College of Teaching: Hit or Miss? 

SLTchat on Sunday evening, brilliantly led by Lisa Pettifer, was focused on the College of Teaching.  Whilst the first question was about how teachers might shape the College of Teaching a bigger question for me was, “Whether the College of Teaching will be able to shape National Education Policy?”  If not it’s likely to find itself on the periphery instead of at the heart of the Education System. Read the full article here.

Education in Chemistry – Who would be a teacher? 

Quite honestly, not me.

In the UK, the teaching profession is being put under increasing pressure by the society it’s tasked with fostering. Teachers are faced with constant scrutiny – whether observations, inspections, being measured against arbitrary (even impossible) targets, or their perceived failings being decried publicly by politicians and ideologues. Educators walk on the shifting sands of specifications under the influence of the thinktank du jour. One could be tempted to cling to the only certainty a practicing teacher can rely on: your burden of paperwork will only ever increase. Read the full article.

TES – ‘Why the new College of Teaching will not be repeating the mistakes of the GTC’

Speaking at the Commons education select committee recently, schools minister Nick Gibb made an important observation about the new College of Teaching, one that touches upon a key debate around its formulation.

“It’s important that it is a profession-led organisation and not a government-led organisation,” he said. “We had problems with the GTCE previously. The reason that didn’t succeed in the end was it was simply a part of the government machinery. All the other professions had these Royal Colleges established centuries ago and that’s what makes them successful: they’ve come from within the profession. That’s what I hope will happen with the College of Teaching.” Read the full article here.

Lancashire Telegraph – Teachers sharing views on new college

TEACHERS in East Lancashire have been having their say on the formation of the new College of Teaching (CoT). Modelled after the existing organisations such as the Royal College of Surgeons, the CoT would set out what the ‘best practice’ of teaching would look like and create ‘charted teachers’. Around 50 at Alder Grange in Rawtenstall took part in the ‘Big Staff Meeting’ event on Tuesday to discuss the proposals and talk about what they think should be considered best practice. It is hoped that other secondary schools in East Lancashire will hold similar events in the coming months. Read the full article.

Schools Week – Exclusive: Research journal access for England’s teachers would cost less than Nicky Morgan’s salary

Teachers in England continue facing hefty paywalls to use education research journals – despite a deal that allows free access possibly costing less than education secretary Nicky Morgan’s salary. After a trial last year, the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) has renewed its scheme for teachers north of the border to access academic journals free. Teachers have access to more than 1,700 journals under the scheme, which costs £21,000 a year – just 29p for each Scottish teacher. The scheme suggests England’s 445,000 teachers could all have free access for £132,000 – £2,000 less than Ms Morgan is currently paid for her cabinet role. Read the full article here.

Schools Improvement Net – College of Teaching: The Big Staff Meeting is here

As we all think about our personal New Year resolutions – better work life balance, shifting some of the excess Christmas weight, finally reading that book that has been sitting on your shelf for most of 2015 – there is surely one New Year resolution that can unite us all in the teaching profession. The New Year brings with it a chance for a re-think of the teaching profession – one where we can strive to get teachers the respect we deserve and focus on what we love – the art and pedagogy of teaching. Read the full article.

Radio Plymouth – Plymouth plays key role in the formation of new organisation representing teachers

Teachers gathered for meeting at Lipson Co operative Academy today. Dozens of Plymouth teachers gathered today to learn more about a new organisation designed to represent them. The College of Teaching aims to put the profession on a par with accountants and surgeons, who already have their own professional body. It’s not a disciplinary organisation, or a union, but the idea is that teachers take a greater role in setting their own standards, rather than government. Read the full article.



December 2015

Teach Wire – Going Pro: The case for the College of Teaching

Victoria McDowell, teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School and Founding Trustee of the College of Teaching, makes the case for why teaching needs to join medicine, law, accountancy and other professions in having its own chartered representation. Teaching is a standout example of a major profession that to date has had no independent professional body. The new College of Teaching is committed to improving the education of children and young people by supporting teachers’ development, recognising excellence and enhancing the status of teaching. Read the full article.

Schools Improvement Net – Are you taking part in The Big Staff Meeting? 

Claire Dockar, Chair of the College of Teaching and Lead Practitioner at Lipsom Co-Operative Academy in Plymouth, explores the need for a College of Teaching to put the profession on a par with Doctors, Lawyers, Accountants and other professions with chartered representation and invites all teachers to take part in The Big Staff Meeting. Read the full article.


November 2015

TES – Teachers sought to shape the new College of Teaching

Schools are being asked to put half an hour aside to shape the College of Teaching, a new independent chartered professional body for teaching. The college is calling on teachers to participate in a national Big Staff Meeting campaign, to help determine its future membership and tackle other key questions. Teachers can take part any time in the run-up to the February half-term, but a number of schools will host their discussions during an Inset day on 6 January. Read the full article.

SSAT – The Big Staff Meeting: What could you change in half an hour? 

The College of Teaching, the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession, is calling on teachers throughout the country to put aside just half an hour to take part in The Big Staff MeetingThe Big Staff Meeting explores teachers’ views on the scope of membership of the College and the related benefits. All teachers across every phase and stage are being invited to take part in this national consultation and have their views counted. The Big Staff Meeting was originally developed by the SSAT as part of our support of the Claim Your College coalition – a movement of over 450 organisations and individuals that have united in support of the College of Teaching. Read the full article.

Optimus Education – The College of Teaching and The Big Staff Meeting

As we move closer to the creation of a College of Teaching there is still much to be finalised about the finer details. To find out the latest, Elizabeth Holmes caught up with Professor Angela McFarlane, CEO of the College of Teachers and Founding Trustee of the College of Teaching to pose some of the questions that repeatedly get asked. Read the full article.

Schools Week – Have your say in college’s future

Teachers can help to shape the future membership of the College of Teaching by taking part in a “Big Staff Meeting”. The initiative asks teachers to put aside half an hour to help consult on key college membership questions that will be determined on January 6. Following the meeting, teachers will be asked to take part in a national consultation by responding to questions online that will seek their views on the membership, and can reply any time in the run-up to February half-term. Read the full article


October 2015

Merlin John Online – Teacher College ‘harnessing tech for powerful change’.

If the starting gun for the College of Teaching, the new chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has not actually been fired, the finger is firmly on the trigger. There is widespread and rapidly growing support from the profession, with more than 60 per cent wanting to join and pay their annual subscription, and five major unions and more than 450 individuals and organisations backing the proposal.

What everyone wants to know now is who will fund it and exactly how will it work? What follows is a purely personal muse on what a College of Teaching might be, how it might operate and particularly how technology can support a very different kind of contemporary professional association, building on the best traditions of chartered bodies. Read the full article.


September 2015

SecEd – The College of Teaching takes shape

The development of the College of Teaching continues apace, with a fundraising campaign planned and the process of appointing trustees underway. Fiona Aubrey-Smith looks at some of the key questions being asked. The beginning of 2015 saw the publication of a proposal for the start-up of the College of Teaching – a new, independent, chartered professional body. Read the full article.

TES – ‘Teachers can turn in on themselves or rally behind the College of Teaching. I know what I’m doing.’ 
“I’m three days into my new role as a founding trustee of the College of Teaching – the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession – and it’s been quite a whirlwind. Just as our names were being announced, we saw the launch of a crowdfunding campaign for the college and a large amount of Twitter debate. I’ve contributed to both, as an ordinary classroom teacher with little time or money. The discussion has been a mixture of enthusiasm, hope and caution. Read the full article.

TES News – College of Teaching unveils its new board of trustees
The College of Teaching, a new independent chartered professional body for the profession, has today appointed 13 founding trustees. The trustees – who comprise five classroom teachers, three headteachers and five non-teaching professionals – have been chosen to oversee the establishment of the new college and to encourage teachers to get behind it.  Read the full article.

Schools Week – College of Teaching announces its 13 founding trustees
The College of Teaching has today announced the 13 people who will be its founding trustees and lead on the formation of the college. The trustees include five teachers, three headteachers and five non-teaching professionals. Each will hold the position, on a voluntary basis, for three years. They will be responsible for strategy and engaging teachers, along with the wider profession, observing best practice in the running of a charity and working towards future membership of the College. Read the full article.

TES – ‘If we build a College of Teaching together, we can change the face of education’
Only by working collectively as a profession – and contributing to the start-up costs – can we ensure that the college becomes a powerhouse. At last the College of Teaching has a board of trustees with a mandate to make decisions and get things started. Perhaps their biggest challenge will be the management of expectations. This has been a long time coming – and rightly so. Yet the college won’t spring from the box fully formed. Setting up a new, independent, membership organisation with charitable status takes time to get right. Getting the right board is a really important first step. Read the full article.


February 2015

BBC News – How a College of Teaching could work
Supporters of a College of Teaching in England have published details of how such a body would work. The college, which would aim to protect standards and raise the status of teaching, has the backing of ministers and leading professionals. The paper, Claim your College, by enthusiasts from within teaching, says it could be fully open by 2018. Teacher and supporter Eugene Dapper said the college would allow teachers “to take control of their own destiny”. Read the full article.

The Guardian – Plan for national college of teaching gains widespread support
The creation of a national college of teaching – a long-held dream for bolstering the credibility of the teaching profession – has moved a step closer after unions and pillars of the education establishment announced they were backing a proposal. Claim Your College, the coalition behind the plan, published a list of supporters that included the general secretaries of the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Head Teachers, as well as prominent educators, schools, organisations such as UCL’s Institute of Education, and the Independent Schools Council, which represents private schools. Read the full article.

Schools Week – College of Teaching proposals revealed
It won’t regulate, discipline or force membership – but for £70 a year the newly proposed College of Teaching will support the profession in ‘taking responsibility for its destiny’. That’s the claim of a proposal released today by  the ‘Claim Your College’ coalition, which includes the existing College of Teachers, Prince’s Teaching Institute, Teacher Development Trust, and SSAT along with practising teachers and school leaders. Read the full article.

TES – £12m needed to establish College of Teaching by 2019
Almost £12 million will be needed to get a College of Teaching up and running by 2019, according to new proposals. The plans have been drawn up by the Claim Your College coalition, made up of representatives from across the sector, including the Prince’s Teaching Institute, the current College of Teachers, the Teacher Development Trust and the SSAT. Read the full article.