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Introducing the College of Teaching

The College of Teaching is the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession.

The Claim Your College coalition, backed by over 450 organisations and individuals, is a movement for teachers with support and input from school and College leaders, unions, subject associations, education and CPD organisations and third sector organisations that are collaboratively driving forward the College of Teaching.

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. 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.

The appointment of Founding Trustees

Founding Trustees have been appointed to carry out key leadership and governance roles and turn the proposals related to the College of Teaching into reality. They will be responsible for deciding strategy, engaging teachers and building the membership offer, and will be answerable to the members of the College and required to observe best practice in the running of a charity.

In May 2015, the College of Teaching Ltd appointed Gatenby Sanderson to manage the recruitment process of Founding Trustees. A selection committee was formed of 15 individuals who had experience in primary, secondary and SEN from across local, independent, government-funded and direct-funded schools. Hundreds of individuals applied to be a Founding Trustee. The successful applicants are:

Founding Trustees – Teacher representatives

Claire Dockar – Lead Practitioner at Lipson Co-operative Academy, Plymouth

Simon Dowling – Head of English, Colchester Royal Grammar School

Paul Dwyer – Director of Sixth Form and teacher of History and Politics at Putney High School, London

Victoria McDowell – Class teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School, Cumbria

Malcolm Wilson – Class Teacher in London

Founding Trustees – Headteacher representatives

Dr Penny Barratt – Executive Headteacher at The Bridge London

Joan Deslandes – Headteacher at Kingsford Community School, London

Dame Kate Dethridge – Headteacher at Churchend Academy, Reading

Founding Trustees - Non-teaching professionals

Paul Barber – Director of the Catholic Education Service

Professor Sonia Blandford – Founder and CEO, Achievement for All

Andrew de Csilléry – Business Leader and Management Consultant, Csillery Consulting

Kevin Kibble – CEO, The Nurture Group Network

Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE – Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Cardiff University

Professor Angela McFarlane – Chief Executive and Registrar, The College of Teachers

Further Information

For further information on the College of Teaching, or to have your say, visit

Resources including the College of Teaching events pack, myth buster factsheets on key questions and topics, presentations, Pinterest site, animations and videos of teachers and school leaders sharing their views are available from the Claim Your College site,

Follow Claim Your College @CollOfTeaching #CollegeOfTeaching #ClaimYourCollege.

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