Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

The simple answer is yes. If you are a teacher or leader professionally engaged in teaching and have a degree or equivalent, then you will be able to join as a Member. There are other additional categories which cater for leaders in the wider education landscape and teaching assistants, along with opportunities for affiliates and institutions to join at a later date.
Simply click the 'join now' button (desktop) or link in the Be Involved menu and complete the online form. It should take less than a minute.
Access to 2,000 full text journals and ebooks covering a broad range of education issues and subject-specific topics; discounted entry to our conferences and events to hear from teachers and leaders in the education sector; the opportunity to become involved in our founding networks (locally-led groups sharing evidence informed practice to address local issues); subscription to our termly, peer reviewed journal, Impact; access to our members-only website to share and connect with other members and their teaching practice.
As well as Membership, Affiliateship and Student Teacher, we are planning to open Associate NQT, Fellowship and Emeritus categories in the Autumn term.
Certainly, our membership categories are open to teachers working in the 3-19 age range, all the way from early years to Further Education.
If you are a teacher or leader professionally engaged in teaching and have a degree or equivalent, then you will be able to join the Chartered College. The Society for Education & Training (SET) is a community of members, which includes: trainers, teachers, assessors, tutors, support staff, mentors, coaches and managers. The Chartered College and the Education & Training Foundation are working collaboratively to ensure that teachers and trainers are supported and developed across the sector. In some cases, you may be eligible to become a member of either organisation. If you meet with membership criteria for either organisation we recommend the following:
  • 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
Your membership money goes towards the benefits you receive as a member, for example running our conferences, events and journals.
We will regularly be asking for feedback as a Member as well as electing our Council. You can email us anytime at hello@chartered.college
As a new member, you will receive the next issue of Impact printed after the date you joined. You will receive a copy of every journal published within the duration of your membership. You can view all issues online through your member account. If you would like to purchase back issues of the print editions, please email journal@chartered.college

Payment and fees

Membership and Affiliateship cost £45 per year. Joining as a Student Teacher is free and Associate NQT, launching in the Autumn term, will be discounted.
Please check your credit card details and address and make sure they are correct. If the problem persists, please contact our Membership team at hello@chartered.college or 020 7911 5589.
Please email hello@chartered.college or call us on 020 7911 5589 and we'd be delighted to talk to you about your options.
To redeem a coupon, you should have received a unique link. Click on the link and your discount will be applied.
As we move away from Department of Education funding, it is important that membership remains sustainable and value for money. We will be working hard to maintain cost-effective fees at the lowest price possible, whilst ensuring members also benefit from a range of services to support their professional development.

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.

Applicants to the Chartered Teacher (CTeach) programme will be required to demonstrate that they meet the Chartered Teacher professional principles, assessed through the submission of a portfolio of evidence. These principles, developed in collaboration with teachers, reflect the key skills, knowledge and competencies that are associated with excellence in teaching. The assessment process is designed to ensure that it is closely focused on improving classroom practice.
All applicants must be eligible for general membership of the Chartered College and as such must be a graduate who is currently engaged in the teaching profession. There is also an expectation that applicants will have significant experience in the classroom prior to making their application.
The Chartered Teacher (CTeach) programme will open applications for a pilot programme in September 2017, with a January start date. If you would be interested in being part of our inaugural Chartered Teacher cohort, please complete the form found here to let us know. We will open applications for the next cohort in the following academic year.

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 research@chartered.college with your details, and a member of the Chartered College team will get back to you.

We are currently consulting extensively across the education sector to ensure that we get the programme structure right, and then we can feel confident it will have a significant impact on teachers’ professional learning, and on pupil outcomes. We will release full programme details in September, but will be involved in conversation with our members before this to ensure that we get the details right.

General

The Chartered College does not seek to compete with teaching unions or subject associations; the Chartered College has been developed in open discussion and collaboration with them. It seeks to:

- 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 will be entirely different from the General Teaching Council, which was established by the Teaching and Higher Education Act as the professional body for teaching in England between 2000 and 2012. The Chartered College will be an autonomous, member-driven body that is independent of Government, teaching unions or any other body. The Chartered College will be governed by its members to support themselves in raising standards of professional practice. Its independence will be maintained by its governance structure.
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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.

The Chartered College’s mission is to be an independent chartered professional body free from political influence. Informed professionalism centres around three key areas;

- 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.

College of Teachers

This transferred to a special one-off historical category of Affiliate membership, subject to payment of the relevant fees.
All qualifications awarded by the College of Teachers will continue to be recognised and valid. The register of qualifications is now held by the Chartered College of Teaching.
Fellows, Members and Associate Members of the College of Teachers who were in good standing as of 18 June 2016 have the lifelong right to use the designatory letters appropriate to their grade of membership. These include AMCollT, FCollP, FCollT, HonFCOT, HonFCP, HonMCollT, MCollP and MCollT.
Life members of the College of Teachers automatically have the right to transfer to a one-off historical category of membership from 2017 without payment.
We will regularly be asking for feedback as an Historical Affiliate. You can email us anytime at hello@chartered.college

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