College of Teaching Newsletter - July 2016

In this newsletter you can read the second instalment of our ‘Professionalisation of Teaching’ series and find out about Paul Dwyer, one of our founding trustees. There is a reminder about our drive to recruit more teachers as trustees and don’t forget the ‘Where you can find us’ section to find out about upcoming events, including some organised by the College.

Professionalisation of teaching series

Evidence-informed practice

This month Dr. Carol Campbell from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education examines the role the College of Teaching could play in the professionalisation of teaching, with a particular focus on evidence-informed practice. 

Educational journalist Merlin John introduces Dr. Campbell’s piece and looks at the rationale for the College of Teaching. Below is an excerpt from Merlin’s piece:  

“Who represents teachers and their interests? Unions, professional and leadership organisations, political parties, MPs? And what organisations can vouchsafe their professional status, a factor inextricably linked to their social and financial performance?

The lack of an obvious answer to these questions — other than “teachers” — is what makes the proposed Chartered College of Teaching such a compelling and beguiling prospect for this “knowledge profession”, made up of some 500,000 people.

It’s compelling because an unusual alignment of professional and political imperatives has come about due to the universal acceptance of a simple but key observation — that the quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. And it’s beguiling because it is an enormous challenge.

The College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If it is not pursued with absolute commitment and vigour the opportunity is not likely to re-emerge for generations. This makes engagement of the workforce a precondition for success.”

You can read Dr. Campbell’s article, including an Executive Summary, and Merlin’s piece on the professionalisation of teaching page on our website. This series is a collection of articles looking at how the College could create a meaningful professional status for teachers and enable the profession to come together to take ownership of the professional principles that guide practice. It opened last month with an article by Professor Angela McFarlane on the challenges and potential rewards of building a knowledge-based teaching profession.

Please share your views with us using @CollOfTeaching and the following hashtags #collegeofteaching #builditwithus.
Meet the team: Paul Dwyer

Name: Paul Dwyer

Role: Founding Trustee

Region: South East

Background: Paul is currently the Director of Sixth Form and Lead Teacher at Putney High School in London. These roles involve him overseeing the pastoral and academic support for those undertaking A-levels, as well as helping to further the use of evidence-informed practice across the school. A History and Politics teacher by trade, Paul has mainly been based in Buckinghamshire.

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.

Reminder: The College of Teaching is seeking to appoint up to eight classroom teachers as trustees

The College of Teaching is seeking to appoint up to eight additional classroom teachers to join Paul Dwyer and the other classroom trustees on its governing body from the Autumn term.

These teachers will be involved in leading and governing the organisation at a crucial time as the College prepares to open membership to teachers and schools across the country. The successful applicants will take an active leadership role in developing and approving strategy, amongst other responsibilities.

The College is specifically looking for classroom teachers with a current teaching contract of at least 0.5FTE across any area of 0-19 education, and who have at least three years' classroom experience and are a graduate or equivalent and hold QTS. 

Further information on the role, and how to apply, can be found at:  

The deadline for applications is Friday 30th September 2016.

Where you can find us

21.09.16: Inside Government - Raising the standard of the teaching workforce through effective professional development forum. This event in Central Manchester will provide a review of the importance of CPD. Learn about best practice case studies. Claire Dockar, our Chair of Trustees and classroom teacher at Lipsom Community Academy in Plymouth, will be delivering a presentation and taking part in a Q&A session. Click here for more information.

10.11.16: Educated Yorkshire 2016. This is a FREE one day event specifically for decision makers, influencers and senior leaders/teachers from the education sector across the whole of Yorkshire and beyond. Vicky McDowell, one of our Vice-Chairs and classroom teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby School, will be participating in a panel discussion entitled 'The Education Outlook'. Click here for more information.

                                                   - SAVE THE DATES! -

Working with partner organisations, the College of Teaching is putting on a series of events about our work. So far we are lining up three opportunities for teachers to hear more about the College, how you can get involved and to hear the latest in evidence about teaching and learning which you can put into practice in the classroom.

The dates so far:

  • Saturday 19th November: University of Cumbria Carlisle Campus
  • Saturday 26th November: University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus
  • Saturday 18th February: Sheffield Hallam University

More details to follow soon.

If you are interested in hosting a College of Teaching event in the late Autumn or New Year, please get in touch with
What people have been saying about the College this month

Schools Week @SchoolsWeek Jul 19

@CollofTeaching are appointing up to eight Teachers as Trustees of The Chartered College of Teaching. More info:

Alex Liscro @Teach_DT Jul 17

Become a part of a professional body; run by teachers, to benefit learners. #Teaching #ClaimYourCollege #BuildWithUs

Lisa Pettifer @Lisa7Pettifer Jul 14

Watch out for new @CollOfTeaching info, Saturday and teatime events and CPD developments in the autumn term #TMLondonBoat

David Weston @informed_edu Jul 14

@CollOfTeaching one of our recommendations!

David Weston @informed_edu Jul 12

@BeckyFrancis7: @educationgovuk commitment to @CollOfTeaching is very welcome #academies2016


Ruth Harrison-Palmer @palmer_harrison Jul 4

Exciting plans for working with college of teaching in 16/17 @vmcdowell5 @KIfoxFox @Lisa7Pettifer @CollOfTeaching @CumbriaUni


Angela McFarlane @AEMcFarlane Jul 4

Want to know more about what @CollOfTeaching could do for you?

The professionalization of Teaching series


Lisa Pettifer @Lisa7Pettifer Jul 4

Support the opportunity to shape @CollOfTeaching says @JonColes01


Rachel Civval @RCivval Jul 4

Exciting to hear @SoniaAFA3AS talk about the @CollOfTeaching

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