9: Frequently asked questions
You will receive the outcome of your application via email by the 11th January, 2019.
If you are funding your own place, we ask that you pay a £100 registration fee in January after you have been accepted onto the programme. We will then ask you to pay £50 a month for the subsequent fifteen months.
We will ask for two statements of support during your time on the programme. These can be completed by your line manager, a member of SLT or your headteacher. These will be at the point of application, and at the conclusion of the programme. We ask for these because we believe that it is important that schools are aware and supportive of any participants in the programme; although the programme is designed so that you do not need to take any time out of school, you will require support from your school to carry out the project and other assessment activities. You will also need to submit videos of your teaching practice as part of the assessment process, and all video recording will need to meet the safeguarding processes and requirements of your school; we can provide guidance and support where necessary. The statement of support at the end also provides a checkpoint that you are working at the level of a Chartered Teacher.
We will limit the size of this cohort in order to ensure that we are able to focus on delivering a high quality programme experience. If we are oversubscribed once we have assessed all applications and decided on those teachers who meet the requirements, we will assign places on a first-come, first served basis.
At the moment, we will not be offering the opportunity to use any other qualifications as evidence against the Chartered Teacher Status, and will not be offering APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). If you already have a different qualification and wish to take part in the full programme we would welcome an application from you. 1. It allows us to focus on piloting and refining the programme 2. It gives us time to ensure that we make clear and transparent decisions around what can be used to APEL, and can use submissions from the first cohort of Chartered Teachers to compare to similar qualifications. This will allows us to decide where the status has parity with others. If you already have a different qualification and wish to take part in the full pilot we would welcome an application from you.
At the moment, the course does not carry Masters level credits.
We will offer each event at a number of different locations, and will ensure that we offer a mix of mid-week and Saturday events to meet the needs of participants in different locations and with different availability. We hope that this means that all teachers are able to take part in the programme. The locations and dates of events will be confirmed in January, once the make-up of the cohort is known.
The programme is designed to be suitable for those who are already expert teachers, with deep professional knowledge and skills. Teacher practice takes time to develop, and we want to ensure that everyone who is accepted onto the programme has a good chance of success.
In addition to reading through the programme eligibility and the expectations of those on the programme, please review the Professional Principles. These principles encapsulate what a Chartered Teacher should know and be able to do. Whilst you should develop professionally and improve your practice during the programme, it is designed for those who are already expert teachers who are looking to validate these skills. We therefore recommend that you discuss the principles with your line manager, and the extent to which you feel you meet them. If you feel that you would be able to meet these criteria with some support over the course of the programme, then we recommend that you are ready to apply.
The programme is modular and flexible to mean that you should be able to move schools during it without an issue. We will work with you to structure this in the most effective way. Remember that if you are funded by your school, you will need to discuss and agree with your school what the implications are.
If you are unsuccessful in an assessment during the programme, you will have the opportunity to resit / resubmit. For some assessments, this may mean waiting until the next year. If your mentor feels that you are unlikely to pass an assessment at the present time, they may suggest that you defer your place on the course for a period of time to prepare and develop your practice.
We understand that there may be many reasons for someone wishing to defer or break study for a period of time, and we will help you find the most suitable route. As the programme is phased, you will easily be able to stop the programme at the end of one phase, and pick up at the start of the next phase in a future year.
Obtaining Chartered Teacher Status is not directly linked to pay, but will demonstrate that you are a highly skilled, evidence-based practitioner who is committed to continually developing their practice, supporting your career progression.
If you are teaching children and young people below the age of 19, you are able to apply for the programme. However, you are also able to achieve Chartered Status through our partnership with the Education and Training Foundation using Advanced Teacher Status (ATS), which is tailored to the requirements of technical education, so you may wish to consider their programme instead.
The activities and assessments that you undertake within the programme are designed to align with things that you will already be doing and to support development of your practice. However, participation in the programme will require a significant time commitment, including attending face-to-face events on Saturdays, participating in mentoring sessions, completing a variety of assessment tasks, engaging with your cohort online, and carrying out a project. We anticipate that you will need to spend at least three days per half term on the programme, in addition to any professional development and reading you undertake. We will use feedback from the pilot cohort to ensure the programme is manageable alongside teaching commitments.
You will need to be a full member of the Chartered College to participate in the programme; you may apply without joining, but will be required to join before the programme commences if successful in your application.