The Chartered College of Teaching. Who counts?

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The Chartered College of Teaching. Who counts?

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I want to explore two issues in this post.  Firstly, who and what is the Chartered College of Teaching for?   I am reading a lot of commentary on twitter focusing on its role in giving teachers a voice.  This then fuels the second issue – who should be on the Council leading the College?  It’s a hotly debated topic.

I’m a bit confused about this debate, to be honest.  Isn’t it in the name? Chartered College of Teaching? It’s not the Chartered College of Teachers.  To me, that’s a significant difference.  We already have unions – with vast memberships – giving teachers a voice as teachers and leaders a voice as leaders.   But the College is for teaching – it’s teaching as a profession that needs an independent, professional voice spanning across roles so that teaching has a collective voice in the political landscape.  This, to me, is more than…

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