2. Who are we?
The Chartered College of Teaching, known as the Chartered College for short, is an
independent professional membership body for the teaching profession. The aim of the
Chartered College is to support teachers in delivering the best education possible.
3. Our history
The Society of Teachers, founded in 1846, was originally established by a group of
Brighton Schoolmasters concerned about poor standards of teaching in schools at
The Society sought to establish a professional body which would be charged with
responsibility for regulating a code of practice for the teaching profession. Three
years later, the Society was incorporated by a Royal Charter and adopted the title of
The College of Preceptors, a title it retained for over a century until, in 1998, it
evolved into The College of Teachers. In 2010, the College was honoured when His
Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh agreed to become its Patron.
The new Chartered College of Teaching launches in January 2017.
4. How did it come about?
The idea of a Chartered College has been around for a long time, but momentum
has steadily increased following a recommendation to explore the project further
by the Education Select Committee in May 2012.
The new Chartered College is governed by a Council; this is made up of Trustees who
represent a variety of disciplines and education phases, from classroom teachers
and subject specialists, to education leaders.
A handful of Council members are also involved from outside of the teaching
profession, but are supportive of education matters, and provide guidance and support
on management, strategy and finance.
5. What are our aims?
• Ensure high standards of support for teachers by providing guidance for
• Help improve the education of children and young people by championing high
standards in teaching
• Promote the wider professional use of evidence to inform teaching practice
and policy, curating and disseminating research to help teachers make the
best professional decisions
• Articulate profession-led standards of practice in subject content; pedagogical
knowledge; professional skills; contribution to the profession; and leadership
• Harness the experience of its members and draw on robust evidence to
inform Government and the teaching profession
6. Becoming a Founding Member
- what are the benefits?
Becoming a Founding Member gives you an unprecedented opportunity not
only to help build the Chartered College but also to join us in shaping the
future of the teaching profession.
Members will receive:
• Access to 2,000 full text journals, ebooks and research covering a broad
range of education issues and subject-specific topics.
• Entry to one of our inaugural conferences in February 2017 to hear from
teachers and leaders in the education sector
• Subscription to a peer reviewed journal
The Chartered College of Teaching invites you to join us as a Founding Member.
We aim to support the profession by providing access to the expertise that teachers
need to achieve and maintain genuine excellence. The Chartered College will offer a
pathway to professional development that supports your career and helps to develop
Through our online networks and regional communities, we will connect the teaching
profession and provide a collective voice for teachers.
Founding Membership is available at an introductory price of £39 for the year
for a limited time only. That is 75p a week.
8. How to advocate
• By spreading the word via your own networks and social media
• Disseminating materials at events you are attending, staff rooms and meetings
• Telling us where we can be; if we can we will be there
– Putting a flyer in each of your colleagues’ in-trays/pigeon-holes in the staff room
– Putting a flyer up on the meeting board
– Putting flyers on the seats at your staff meeting
– ‘Shout out’, two minutes at the beginning of a meeting/conference about our launch
and telling them why they should join
9. Future plans
In the coming year we will be developing:
• Regional communities - locally engaged networks taking ownership of research,
practice and teachers’ professional learning
• Knowledge and research database
• Chartered Teacher programme
10. Future plans
Chartered Teacher (CTeach) status
The award of Chartered Teacher status will provide teachers with independent
verification of their expertise, skills, and experience, and recognition of your status
as a professional teacher. CTeach is being designed by teachers, built on the belief
that the programme will be a valuable learning experience to help teachers enhance
their practice. Due for launch in September 2017.