If you want to see the questions and comments so far you can search for #claimyourcollege on Twitter.
We’ve also had three face-to-face events including a webinar with input from the likes of Professor Sir John Holman and Jon Coles (CEO, United Learning) as well as classroom voices. You can see the videos here thanks to #L4L_News. There have been some really inspiring insights….
Matt Butler shared his experience of the move from being a chartered accountant, where he was secure in his professional status, to being a head where it seems everyone thinks they can tell him how to do his job.
One teacher spoke of her and colleagues’ dread of the anticipated Ofsted visit, now four terms overdue. They know they have problems and don’t have a ready source of support.
Engineers and surgeons told us of the role of their chartered associations which offer their professions a rudder as they negotiate turbulence caused by policy and fad. The consensus was a College of Teaching could help teachers in the same way, offering aspirational standards and recognition and an authoritative, evidence-informed voice.
There were also concerns – would this be another government takeover? Would it be a tool for heads, not teachers? Would it try to smother the developments in subject associations or replace Unions? Through open debate we were able to address these challenging issues. The College must be independent and be seen to be so. It must speak for all in the profession and at the same time hold them to account for their ongoing development, knowledge and skills. Schools and teachers must agree and uphold a code of practice that recognises the need for evidence and currency. But a College cannot replace Unions nor should it. It must also complement the great work of existing professional associations.
This is just the beginning. You have views. We want to hear them. Visit www.claimyourcollege.org, or tweet using @Collofteaching #claimyourcollege
Chief Executive and Registrar
The College of Teachers