Frequently Asked Questions
- If you work in a School Sixth form, you may wish to become a member of the Chartered College
- If you work in a Sixth Form College, you may wish to become a member of the Chartered College or SET (e.g. if you teach vocational qualifications or a hybrid with A Level qualifications)
- If you work in a General Further Education College, you may wish to become a member of SET or the Chartered College (e.g. if you teach A Levels or a hybrid of A Levels with vocational qualifications)
- If you work for an Independent Training Provider, you may wish to become a member of SET
Payment and fees
Professional Pathways & Chartered Teacher
The Chartered Teacher (CTeach) qualification is a core part of the Chartered College’s professional pathways, providing a clearly structured and sustained professional development programme that focuses on the day-to-day practice of a teacher.
The Chartered Teacher qualification will establish:
- A teacher-developed professional principles framework, which clearly articulates what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do
- A rigorous, valid assessment process that recognises and accredits teachers who meet these professional principles
- A programme that is focused on improving classroom practice and therefore outcomes for students
- Recognition across and outside of the profession of excellent teaching, raising the status of the profession
- A collegiate body of Chartered Teachers whose expertise will influence and advance educational practice, research and policy.
It is important to emphasise that it is the process of becoming a Chartered Teacher that is key, not the accreditation process. As such we are developing a programme for that is transformative, engaging, responsive and relevant to classroom practice. Our Chartered Teacher qualification will strive to be the most rigorous, relevant and developmental qualification for teachers in the world.
The programme and subsequent award of Chartered Teacher status (CTeach) offers:
- Recognition of teachers’ expertise, skills, and experience;
- Access to tools to help you to reflect on, and develop your practice in the classroom;
- Feedback on your practice from participants and sector experts;
- The opportunity to apply your skills to an area of school improvement;
- Accredited recognition of professional commitment and development;
- A structured framework to inform and support your career aspirations;
- Membership of a community with shared values and experiences;
- Enhanced status amongst colleagues, employers, parents, learners and the public;
- Greater sense of professional autonomy and confidence;
- Eligibility to use the postnominals CTeach.
A register of recognised professionals who have demonstrated a higher level of skill is an established practice for professional associations: examples include the medical, engineering and accountancy professions where chartered status is awarded by the respective associations as a mark of professional competency.
The Chartered Teacher qualification not only supports teachers in acquiring the expertise necessary for maintaining excellence in teaching, and therefore securing the best outcomes for learners, but it also raises the status of the teaching profession as a whole.
Over the past six months we have been engaging with teachers across the country through our user research, which has been invaluable in helping us to understand what a Chartered Teacher programme should look like. However, the design of high-quality professional development is as complex a discipline as the design of high-quality teaching and there is still much work to do, and who better to help us than those who know this area better than anyone - teachers!
If you are a member of the Chartered College and would like to be involved in the design and development of a Chartered Teacher programme that is explicitly focused on pupil outcomes, underpinned by robust evidence and expertise, and with a set of professional principles that exemplify excellent teaching, then get in touch by completing the expression of interest form, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details, and a member of the Chartered College team will get back to you.
- Help improve the education of children and young people by championing high standards in teaching;
- Promote the wider professional use of evidence to inform teaching practice and policy by curating and disseminating evidence to help teachers make the best professional decisions;
- Ensure high standards of support for teachers by providing support and guidance for professional development and a platform to evaluate and record professional learning;
- Articulate profession-led standards of practice in five key areas – subject content; pedagogical knowledge; professional skills; contribution to the profession and leadership;
- Harness the experience of its members and draw on robust evidence that will speak truth to politicians and pundits – reducing ineffective interventions, policy and practice.
The Department of Education has committed to allocating £5mn of grant funding over a four-year period to help set-up the Chartered College and establish the services that membership will provide. This funding will also help to subsidise membership subscriptions throughout the initial launch phase as membership grows. The Chartered College remains independent and has been developed through consultation with teachers to develop a professional membership body to support the growth and continual development of the profession.
The funding that has been accepted from Government to date is on a ‘no strings’ basis and on the condition that the Chartered College would remain fully independent. The Chartered College will be an autonomous, voluntary body that is independent of Government and political interference.
The Chartered College of Teaching will be governed by a Council of Trustees; at least half of the Council members will be qualified teachers, supported by other professionals with skills needed to run a robust organisation. A key role of the Council is to ensure that the Chartered College focuses on the profession's duty to the public, remains independent of any vested interest, whether that is from another organisation, from the government, or from any other group.
As the Chartered College grows and develops it is inevitable that future Trustees will be increasingly drawn from a growing pool of Chartered members from within the Chartered College.
- Having the tools and knowledge to understand the barriers pupils face;
- The evidence of what has worked well in other schools, and
- The autonomy to apply this creatively and wisely in their own classes.
Informed professionalism is a fundamental tenet of being a professional and runs directly counter to robotic prescription of any one method or ideology, regardless of context or need. Good teaching is as individual as the teachers themselves and the learners they teach – to enforce a single ideology as a ‘one size fits all’ approach stands against the core values of the Chartered College of Teaching.