As we get back into work and quickly back up to speed, the New Year brings with it a chance for us to reflect on what a College of Teaching represents to us collectively through The Big Staff Meeting.
The Big Staff Meeting is an initiative where all teachers across the UK from every phase and stage (including schools, colleges, early years settings, FE settings, pupil referral units etc.) can discuss, debate and share with colleagues their views on what a new independent, chartered professional body could mean to them.
The Meeting is an opportunity for teachers to share views on the scope of future membership and related benefits by completing an online survey and to also discuss any questions or concerns teachers might have.
The Big Staff Meeting activity is officially starting today (6th January) with the majority of events taking place in January and February. The Founding Trustees of the College are leading the way hosting events in their schools.
Claire Dockar, Chair of the College of Teaching and Lead Practitioner at Lipson Co-Operative Academy in Plymouth, says: “I was delighted that our school was one of the first schools in the country to run a Big Staff Meeting. It was an incredible opportunity to connect with colleagues about how a College of Teaching could tackle, in the future, some of the key challenges we face around motivation, recruitment and retention in the profession.
“It also gave teachers an opportunity to share any questions or concerns they have. I will be working with my fellow Founding Trustees to address these directly with schools and individuals over the coming weeks and months.
“The College is providing an opportunity for teachers across the country to make an informed choice about membership and gives us a rallying point for teachers to come together and have their voice heard. The Founding Trustees are here to support any setting with tips and advice on how to run their own Big Staff Meeting.”
Downloadable The Big Staff Meeting resources (including an information pack, poster and accompanying PowerPoint slides) have been created to help explain the College’s place in the professional landscape of teaching in the UK and to help educational settings to conduct their meetings.
If you would like to host your own Big Staff Meeting, there is still plenty of time to get involved. Visit our website for more information.
Alternatively, if you are not able to run or attend a Big Staff Meeting event between now and February half term, you can still answer key membership questions online and have your views counted.
The membership consultation will close on the 26th February and the results will be made available from mid 2016. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to have your say on the future direction of the teaching profession.
If you would like to discuss your Big Staff Meeting further, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to pledge your support for the College, and view our new video featuring our Founding Trustees, click here.
Read more about The Big Staff Meeting in Schools Improvement here.
Access resources and myth-buster factsheets here.