The College of Teaching will develop as an independent, member-driven and voluntary professional body run by teachers for the benefit of learners in order to best meet the needs of the profession.

The College of Teaching

The College of Teaching, United Kingdom


On the 25th May 2016 the Royal Charter responsibilities of the College of Teachers were assumed by a newly formed organisation called The College of Teaching.  The College of Teaching is the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession.


The Chartered College of Teaching will develop as an independent, member-driven and voluntary professional body run by teachers for the benefit of learners in order to best meet the needs of the profession. It 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 and will be independent of government.

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The Chartered College of Teaching has been established following work by a number of organisations, including the Prince's Teaching Institute and the Claim Your College campaign, to look at how we could develop a recognised professional body for the teaching profession.

The Department for Education agreed to provide a total of £5m over four years to help the Chartered College establish itself. The intention is that, in the long term, the Chartered College will be funded by membership subscriptions and its own charitable activities.

The Chartered College of Teaching succeeds the College of Teachers, which was previously the body that held the Royal Charter for the teaching profession. A supplemental Charter to create the Chartered College of Teaching was approved by the Privy Council in June 2016. We expect the new Charter to be sealed early in 2017.

By joining as a Founding Member of the Chartered College, teachers will have the opportunity to build their own professional body and shape the future of teaching. 

Run by teachers for teachers

The Chartered College is an autonomous member-driven organisation, established to promote the learning, improvement and recognition of the art, science and practice of teaching for the public benefit. We work in partnership with associations, unions and learned societies to build on the best of teaching and emerging research evidence. Covering all phases of education and subject specialisms, the Chartered College connects a diverse community of teachers to share ideas and knowledge and provide an independent, authoritative voice for the teaching profession. 

Membership is voluntary and offers a pathway of professional development to support teachers at every stage of their career. This is achieved via the Chartered College’s knowledge platform, providing access to the latest research, case studies, articles and good practice.

 

Via Lingua International has been accredited from 2010 to 2016 by the College of Teachers. The College of Teachers was the UK's professional educational institute for teachers. Holding the 366th Royal Charter issued by the monarchy, The College of Teachers was at the forefront of continuing professional development and promoting the teaching profession.  The College of Teachers was a registered charity in the United Kingdom.

As the professional college for teaching in the United Kingdom it supported the teaching profession through networks of membership and qualifications both in the UK and around the world. Many specialist associations, agencies, colleges and schools also belonged to The College as Institutional Members.

 

Members include:

  • primary, secondary and special educational needs teachers
  • lecturers
  • university staff
  • teaching assistants
  • industrial trainers
  • local authority managers and governors

 

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