“Teaching transforms lives. Now the teaching profession has the opportunity to transform itself through a new Chartered College of Teaching”.

Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive

Our history

  For nearly 170 years the teaching profession has had a Royal Charter, initially granted by Queen Victoria in 1849 to the College of Preceptors, to protect and serve teachers. In 2017, this Royal Charter was transferred to a new professional body – the Chartered College of Teaching. The Chartered College of Teaching succeeds the College of Teachers, who previously held the Royal Charter for the teaching profession. A supplemental Charter to create the Chartered College of Teaching was approved by the Privy Council in June 2016 and sealed in July 2017.  

Establishing the new Chartered College

The Chartered College of Teaching has been established following work by a number of organisations over the past few years, including the Prince’s Teaching Institute and the Claim Your College campaign, to look at how we could develop a recognised professional body for the teaching profession. You can find the original ‘blueprint’ for the Chartered College, developed in 2014 by the Prince’s Teaching Institute, found below.

Huge support was received in the development of the Chartered College from many other organisations, including the Teacher Development Trust, SSAT and the former College of Teachers. The Department for Education also agreed to provide a start-up fund to help the Chartered College establish itself. In the long term, the Chartered College will be funded by membership subscriptions and its own charitable activities.


Listening to teacher voice

In preparation for its launch in 2017, the Chartered College carried out a wide consultation process that has, to date, involved over 15,000 teachers. As well as surveys and interviews, the Chartered College hosted a series of focus groups in October 2016,  in Manchester, London and Birmingham. Over 100 teachers participated in these sessions, representing the diverse range of education including early years, primary, secondary, pupil referral units, special schools, further and higher education. Two independent researchers, Dr Dennis Guiney, Educational Psychologist, and Dr Tim O’Brien, Visiting Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at UCL Institute of Education, designed and conducted the research.

The aim of the focus group sessions was to identify teachers’ views on what the Chartered College of Teaching could do for teachers, how it can make a difference to teaching and learning, and the value of Chartered Teacher status. This invaluable feedback has contributed to the Chartered College’s wider consultation process that has, to date, involved over 15,000 teachers.  The focus group events helped to identify the key issues that teachers want the Chartered College to work together on, and these issues include:

You can find the full research report in the downloads section below.