College of Teaching outlines key governance appointments

4th December – Teacher led and teacher driven – College of Teaching outlines key governance appointments

As Founding Trustees prepare to gather in London tomorrow (Saturday 5th December), the meeting marks a number of developments in the governance of the College of Teaching.

Classroom teachers are leading and driving the College forward with the appointment of Claire Dockar and Victoria McDowell as Chair and Vice Chair (respectively).

Claire Dockar, Lead Practitioner at Lipson Co-operative Academy in Plymouth, will head up the Founding Trustee Board playing a key role in overseeing the direction of the College, supported by Victoria McDowell who is a class teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby School in Cumbria.

As ambassadors for the College and the wider teaching profession, Claire and Vicky will be engaging closely to build the membership of the College and are inviting schools to take part in The Big Staff Meeting.

In other governance updates, Victoria Walker, Teacher and Head of English at Addey and Stanhope School in London, is joining the Board of Trustees. Victoria has been a teacher for the past 10 years and is a Teacher Leader at the Prince’s Teaching Institute and a member of University College Oxford’s Student Support and Access Committee.

Victoria replaces Simon Dowling, Head of English at Colchester Royal Grammar School, who has made the difficult decision to step down due to increases in his teaching commitments for the remainder of the academic year. Simon will continue his interest and commitment to the College in a key supporter role.

In addition, the Board of Trustees has asked Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning and formerly the Chair of the Interim Board of Directors of Claim Your College, to stay involved as a co-opted member. This short-term appointment is for a transitional period to support discussions around securing ‘no-strings’ financial support from government.

The Board has started taking forward ‘task and finish’ groups in four key areas: membership, finance, communications and corporate governance. This process includes co-opting teachers to join these groups as part of the College’s continued consultation work.

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