1: Overview of the Chartered Teacher programme
The development of a programme to allow teachers to achieve Chartered Teacher Status has been a central focus of the Chartered College of Teaching since it began, and in 2018 the programme launched with a pilot cohort. Chartered Teacher Status recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers, highlights the importance of their expertise in supporting the learning of children and young people and represents the first step in the development of a career pathway focused on effective classroom practice, not leadership. This status also brings teaching in line with other professions, where recognition of expertise and expectation of career-long professional learning are well-established.
In order to complete the programme and achieve Chartered Teacher Status, participants will undertake a range of different assessments that allow them to showcase their knowledge and skills against the areas set out in the Chartered College’s Professional Principles. These highlight the importance of deep subject knowledge, understanding of pedagogy, assessment, and excellent classroom practice, as well as critical evaluation, engagement with research evidence and a desire to contribute to the profession.
Assessments include rigorous written and oral assignments, completion of a professional development plan, participation in debate activities, a research-based school improvement project, and submission of a portfolio of videos of practice, work samples and reflections; full details are included in a later section of this guide.
During the course of the programme, participants will attend three face-to-face training days, as well as participating in a range of online activities, with each element designed not just to test a teachers’ knowledge and skills, but also to provide them with development opportunities and equip them with behaviours and approaches to evaluation and personal development that ensure they continue to develop their practice. Participants on the programme will be supported by an experienced mentor throughout.
Ready to apply?
Applications for the 2019-20 cohort of the Chartered Teacher programme are now open.
In order to apply to be part of the programme, you will need to complete the application form on our website by 17th December 2018. You will be asked to share some details about your current role, experience, etc., the details of a referee who we will contact, and to respond to the following essay question:
Please write a piece of critical analysis that evaluates the impact that a change that you made to your teaching practice had on the children and/or young people that you teach. This should be focused explicitly on a change to your teaching practice and not a change that you may have led across your team/school.
You should include responses to the following questions in your answer:
• How did you ascertain which area of your practice you needed to improve?
• What did you do in order to improve it?
• How did you decide what change you should make?
• How did you plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the change?
• What impact did it have on outcomes of children and young people
• How do you know what impact it had?
We will review all applications against our Professional Principles, and communicate to you whether or not you have been successful by the 11th January 2019.
If you are a teacher who would like to apply for a place on the programme, you can apply here.
If you are a school leader who would like to nominate one or more teachers in your school to participate in the programme, you can nominate them here.