The blueprint for a new College of Teaching was unveiled today by the Prince’s Teaching Institute. The College is not intended to be a replacement for the GTC, which was disbanded two years ago, and membership will be entirely voluntary. However membership will come at a cost, with annual fees ranging from £30 to £130. In return for these fees, members will have access to the findings of research commissioned by the College and will have opportunities to reinforce such aspects of teaching as subject knowledge, understanding of teaching and learning, and leadership skills.
Back in December a survey of teachers and headteachers was released by the Prince’s Teaching Institute: it showed widespread support for the idea of an independent College of Teaching. In response, ASCL General Secretary Brian Lightman said:
“This survey reflects the urgent need for an independent body that involves the whole of the teaching profession in developing practice and shaping policy. A College of Teaching would give an avenue for the teaching profession and school and college leaders to come together to inform, shape and develop long-term education policy independently of short-term political priorities.”
To find out more about the proposed plans for the College of Teaching, read this article by the BBC.