There is currently widespread interest among opinion formers in the formation of a (Royal) College of Teaching. This has included a report from the Education Select Committee in 2012, a special issue of our own Education Today in Spring 2013, a collection of essays edited by Charlotte Leslie MP in 2013 Towards a Royal College of Teaching and a commission and consultation set up by the Prince’s Teaching Institute which informed their Blueprint for a Member-Driven College of Teaching in February 2014. Subsequent surveys of the profession suggest widespread support for this idea especially among school leaders.
However, there are over half a million teachers in England alone and compared to this the thousand or so who have contributed to each survey so far are a very small percentage of the teaching community. If we are to have a truly member-driven College we must engage with a wider population of potential members. TCOT, in association with the Prince's Teaching Institute, is arranging a series of open events supported by a social media campaign. We hope to reach a wide selection of the teaching profession, to air their opinions, facilitate informed debate and gauge the level and nature of support for a new College.
The first three events are as follows:
Thursday 6 November 2014
Graduate School of Education, Berkeley Square, Bristol
Sir David Carter, Regional Schools Commissioner South West England
Professor Jonathan Shepherd, FRCS
Charlotte Leslie MP
Matthew Butler, Head of Oasis Brightstowe School
Monday 17 November 2014
Gresham Hall, London Hosted by the Company of Educators
Professor Sir John Holman
Jon Coles, CEO United Learning
Professor Angela McFarlane, The College of Teachers
Thursday 20 November 2014
National Science Learning Centre, York
Deborah A Seddon, Head of Policy and Standards, Engineering Council
Other contributors TBC
More events will follow in the New Year. To find out more about all these events and the online options to contribute please refer back to this site or follow us on Twitter.