What made you get involved in the College of Teaching?
I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a number of schools that have wanted to put CPD and the use of research collaboration at the heart of what they do. The College of Teaching offers the chance to help shape something that could do this for teachers across the country, and I felt this was too good to pass up. My wife is a doctor, so I have seen first-hand the support that a professional college can provide to its members. Seeing her experience in having access to expertise and a wide-range of cutting edge research in her specialism, as well as thoughts on how to support best practice has shown me just how powerful such bodies can be. The College of Teaching is a great opportunity to provide support for teachers that is owned and driven by them, and I am hugely grateful to be involved as a Founding Trustee.
What comes next for the College?
Reaching where we are at the moment has been no easy task: getting an organisation with a potential membership of 500,000 off the ground has meant that much of our work has involved building capacity and administrative support behind the scenes. The next part is where things get exciting: opening our doors and inviting teachers to join up and be a part of the College. Being member-driven is the core of what we are, and so I’m really looking forward to having people join us across the length and breadth of the country! Having this teacher membership on board will help us to refine and further develop the Chartered Teacher programme, to ensure that it really does become something that is highly valued within the profession. With the CEO also coming on board soon, the next chapter in our journey is really getting underway.
What challenges do you foresee during this stage?
Throughout this whole process, it has been very clear to me that we can’t lose sight of our mission to be led by teachers. The College of Teaching is the new independent and voluntary body for the teaching profession. It will be crucial to make sure that our message that this is very much a member-driven body gets out there, and that we want to ensure that the teaching profession has control of its destiny. As the membership base starts to build, the next challenge will be clearly communicating how teachers can go about working towards Chartered Status, as well as helping members access and make the best possible use of research evidence in their practice.