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New leadership partnership announced


Chartered College of Teaching partnership with Foundation for Leadership in Education to support school leaders
Leadership Development Advisory Group will develop teaching leadership programmes and qualifications to support teaching
Milestone reached with over 20,000 members joining Chartered College and Founding Fellows announced

A new group which will give headteachers and leaders the tools they need to help close the attainment gap between disadvantaged students and their wealthier peers has been launched today (Thursday 14 June).

The Chartered College of Teaching along with the Foundation for Leadership in Education (FLE) – are joining forces to create the Leadership Development Advisory Group.The news comes as the Chartered College reaches an important milestone with over 20,000 members joining the professional body for teachers and the announcement of its first Founding Fellows.

The advisory group, which is being launched today at the Inspiring Leadership Conference in Birmingham, will:

Identify research about the most effective ways to lead a school and foster great teaching – particularly in relation to tackling educational inequality – and send out this evidence to school leaders across the country

Work with educational research organisations to determine areas for research into school leadership and advise the Department for Education and other bodies on what research needs to be carried out

Review the pathways for the development of school leaders and advise the DfE on the future development and accreditation of leadership qualifications

Provide guidance on school leadership standards, including ethical practice

Promote leadership succession planning and professional equality and diversity

By reaching 20,000 members, the Chartered College takes another important step on its journey to connect, inform and inspire teachers to take pride in their profession and deliver the best possible education for children and young people. From student teachers benefiting from an exclusive student teacher guide to the first wave of experienced teachers announced as Founding Fellows, the Chartered College is supporting members at all stages of their career.

Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College of Teaching, said: ‘Over the past 12 months, the Chartered College has made strong progress and there’s a real momentum building. There is an appetite amongst our members to help shape the profession, and to do that we want teachers to have access to the tools and support to be the best that they can be. We want senior leaders to have the opportunity to engage with evidence to benefit their colleagues and the wider profession. This new partnership will help place teachers in the best possible position to shape their future development. This, along with our new Founding Fellows and elections to our council, will also help ensure the Chartered College is driven by our members and for the whole profession.’

Stephen Munday, FLE Chair and Teaching School Council representative on the FLE Trust Board, said: ‘The Foundation for Leadership in Education is delighted to be involved in establishing the Leadership Development Advisory Group in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching. Our philosophy is the same as that of the Chartered College’s: we want the teaching profession to lead the teaching profession and its professional development. We are really pleased to be able to work with the Chartered College in this area of their work and to seek to support the best possible leadership development across all of our schools and colleges.”

The advisory group will consist of 14 members and will meet four times a year, with additional meetings as necessary for research projects. The first meeting will take place before the end of the summer term.