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Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions  

Section 1: The nomination and application process

1.1. How do I apply for Founding Fellowship?
You will need to be nominated, and the Nominator will need to complete a nomination form available here.

The Nominator will need to declare that they:

  • Are a Member or Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching, or eligible to join either of these categories of membership
  • Have at least 10 years’ experience in teaching 0-19 year olds.

1.2. Can I nominate someone else to join the Chartered College as a Fellow?
Yes, you can do this by filling out the nomination form, which is available here.

You will need to declare that you are:

  • Are a Member or Affiliate, or eligible to join either of these categories of membership
  • Have at least 10 years’ experience in teaching 0-19 year olds.

1.3. Who is eligible for nomination?
To be eligible to become a Fellow by nomination, you must:

  • Be a Member or Affiliate of the Chartered College (or be eligible to join either of these categories of membership)
  • Have at least 10 years’ experience in teaching 0-19 year olds
  • Have made a significant contribution to the teaching profession and are able to demonstrate that in your current or previous teaching career you:
    • critically evaluate and reflect on your own practice
    • commit to engaging in relevant, career-long professional learning
    • express collegiality by supporting, and learning from, others
    • adhere to high standards of professionalism
    • engage critically with research and evidence.

1.4. Can I nominate myself?
No, you will need to be nominated by a peer.

1.5. Should I provide references?
We ask for one reference on the application form.

1.6. Who should my referee be?
Your referee should be a work-related peer or senior colleague who can verify your experience and advocate for your professional standing. They should be different from your original Nominator.

1.7. What should I do if I can’t provide a work-related referee?
Please provide details of someone who can comment on your professional standing and verify your professional experience.

1.8. Should I provide a CV?
No, we do not ask for a CV on your application form.

1.9. Should I provide supporting letters with my nomination form?
This is not necessary. We will contact your referee for a written reference as part of the assessment process.

1.10. What if my application is unsuccessful?
You may re-apply with new evidence following the feedback which we will give to unsuccessful applicants.

1.11. I have been named as a referee, what should I do?
We will ask you to provide a written reference for the applicant, verifying their experience and advocating for their professional standing. The word count for this reference is 500 words. We will email you directly and provide links so that you can submit your reference electronically.

1.12. What is the difference between Fellowship and the Chartered Teacher programme?
Chartered Teacher Status is a professional status that recognises teachers for expertise in the classroom, based on them demonstrating the attributes outlined across the Professional Principles. Chartered Teacher Status is gained through completion of a series of assessments. Fellowship is a membership category and is a mark of recognition for highly experienced colleagues who have made a sustained and substantial contribution to the profession.

1.13. What qualities is the Chartered College looking for in nominees?
We are looking for five professional behaviours listed below.

A Founding Fellow:

  1. Critically evaluates and reflects on their own practice
  2. Is committed to engaging in relevant, career-long professional learning
  3. Exhibits collegiality by supporting, and learning from, others
  4. Demonstrates high standards of professionalism
  5. Engages critically with research and evidence

1.14. How long will it be until I know whether my application has been successful?Once nominated, you will be sent a link to an application form which you will need to complete. We have four assessment cycles a year. Cycle 1 closes on 21st May 2018. You will be notified within 30 days of this date.

1.15. What is the closing date for receipt of nominations and applications?
Application cycles are listed here, www.chartered.college/fellowship

1.16. Does the Chartered College interview candidates?
We do not interview candidates applying to Fellowship. Instead, we ask for a reference from a work-related peer or senior colleague who can verify your experience and advocate for your professional standing. We also ask for a cover letter outlining why you want to become a Fellow and what you will do once you are accepted as a Fellow. Finally, we ask you to provide examples of how you have made a significant contribution to the teaching profession and are able to demonstrate that in your current or previous teaching career you:

  • critically evaluate and reflect on your own practice
  • commit to engaging in relevant, career-long professional learning
  • express collegiality by supporting, and learning from, others
  • adhere to high standards of professionalism
  • engage critically with research and evidence

1.17. Does the Chartered College provide feedback to unsuccessful nominees?
Yes, this can be arranged by emailing hello@chartered.college

1.17a) Can I appeal the decision?

Appeals must be sent to the Head of Membership and Membership Committee chair. You must outline the reasons for your appeal and send to hello@chartered.college

Please note that appeals will be processed within 21 days.

1.18. What are the benefits of Fellowship?
Founding Fellows gain recognition through:

  • Award of  ‘FCCT’ post nominals
  • Invitation to an annual Fellowship event
  • Potential to represent the profession and shape the direction of the Chartered College by standing for the Council of the Chartered College, with 11 positions exclusively for Founding Fellows, including the positions of President and Vice-Presidents
  • Invitations to Fellows-only policy roundtables, giving the opportunity to influence and engage with policy by joining themed discussions with policy makers and have your voice heard by those making decisions / recommendations at system level
  • Membership of an online community and network of Fellows across the country, allowing you to learn and connect with esteemed Fellows
  • Listing as a Founding Fellow in our Fellowship Directory on our website
  • Termly Fellows newsletter, featuring the latest thinking from educational research
  • Termly research webinars from prominent leaders in the education system
  • Access to a dedicated Relationship Manager to ask any questions and ensure you are sent updates on the latest thinking in teaching and learning
  • A Welcome Pack, including letter and certificate from Professor Dame Alison Peacock.

1.19. I’m not a member of the Chartered College, can I apply to be a Fellow?
Yes, you will need to:

  • Have been peer-nominated for Founding Fellowship. The Nominator will need to declare that they:
    • are a Member or Affiliate of the Chartered College of Teaching, or eligible to join either of these categories of membership- have at least ten years’ experience in teaching 0-19 year olds
  •  As a nominee, you will also need at least 10 years’ experience in teaching 0-19 year olds
  • Have made a significant contribution to the teaching profession and are able to demonstrate that in your current or previous teaching career you:
    • critically evaluate and reflect on your own practice
    • commit to engaging in relevant, career-long professional learning
    • express collegiality by supporting, and learning from, others
    • adhere to high standards of professionalism
    • engage critically with research and evidence.

1.20. I am a member, does that mean I have to pay two separate subscriptions?
No, if you are already a member we will calculate a pro-rata top-up to your subscription based on when you joined which will convert you from a Member or Affiliate subscription to a Fellowship subscription.

Section 2: The Membership Committee

2.1. Who are the Members of the Committee and how were they chosen?
The Membership Committee is comprised of members of the Chartered College of Teaching’s Council.

2.2. What is the Membership Committee’s remit?
The Membership Committee is able to ratify Fellows to the Chartered College. The Committee has oversight of Chartered College’s membership activities.

2.3. How often does the Membership Committee meet?
The Committee meets once a quarter.

2.4. Where can I find out more about the Membership Committee?
Members of our Council can be found here

Honorary Fellowship and Membership

The Bye Laws of the Chartered College of Teaching state that the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching is able to nominate persons of distinction who have contributed to the College or its aims to become Honorary Fellows or Honorary Members of the Chartered College of Teaching.