Supporters of the new professional body have published a paper, ‘Claim your College’, and say it could be fully open by 2018.
‘Claim your College’ was written in response to a consultation launched by the government in December and outlines the vision, implementation plan and detailed proposals for funding the ‘College of Teaching’.
Its supporters say that without a professional body, teaching practice has been determined more by the political cycle than by research and evidence. It would aim to protect standards and raise the status of teaching and has the backing of ministers and leading professionals, the BBC reports.
The ‘Claim your College’ authors want the new body to be autonomous, voluntary, independent of government and to “be developed for teachers by teachers”. They say it will need about £12 million seed funding for the first five years until enough teachers have joined – they’re suggesting an annual membership fee of £70 per year for an individual teacher.
The college would:
• accredit members against “respected sector-led standards”
• give teachers a career pathway and access to “high-quality professional development”
• draw on academic research to build a “quality assured and diverse professional knowledge base”
• develop a code of practice for teachers
Teacher Eugene Dapper said the college would allow teachers “to take control of their own destiny” and called on other teachers to get involved. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to shape the direction in which the profession is heading and to establish a clear vision that will help attract and develop top teachers.”
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