The development of a programme to allow teachers to achieve Chartered Teacher status has been a central focus of the Chartered College of Teaching since its launch earlier this year. This week, the Chartered College has announced details of the programme and opened applications to join the pilot cohort.
Chartered Teacher status will recognise the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers, highlighting the importance of their expertise in supporting the learning of children and young people. This represents the first step in the development of a career pathway focused on effective classroom practice, not leadership. It will also bring teaching in line with other professions, where recognition of expertise and expectation of career-long professional learning are well-established.
In order to complete the programme and achieve Chartered Teacher status, participants will undertake a range of different assessments. These assessments will allow them to showcase their knowledge and skills against the areas set out in the Chartered College’s Professional Principles. These principles highlight the importance of deep subject knowledge, understanding of pedagogy and assessment, excellent classroom practice, as well as critical evaluation, engagement with research evidence and a desire to contribute to the profession.
Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive, Chartered College of Teaching, says: ‘In developing our set of Professional Principles, we have drawn on a wide research base about what makes effective teaching, considering all of those things that really have an impact on the progress of children and young people in our schools, colleges and other settings. Those achieving Chartered Teacher Status will be recognised for evidence-informed, high quality teaching practice, benefiting the young people we teach whilst raising the status of teachers and their important role in education and society. The Chartered Teacher programme will support teachers’ personal, professional and career development and will acknowledge and celebrate the fantastic work that happens in classrooms across the country every day.’
David Weston, Chief Executive of the Teacher Development Trust, adds: ‘I’m excited to see this Chartered Teacher pilot launched. With subject and pedagogical knowledge at its heart, as well as a commitment to ongoing professional learning, the programme promises a challenging and esteemed professional route for those teachers who wish to develop in their career without having to move out of the classroom into management.’
Assessments in the pilot programme will include rigorous written and oral assignments, completion of a professional development plan, participation in debate activities, a small-scale research or improvement project, and submission of a portfolio of videos of practice, work samples and reflections. Full details of the programme are available here.
During the course of the programme, participants will attend four face-to-face training and assessment days. Applicants will also be expected to participate in a range of online activities, with each element designed not just to test a teacher’s knowledge and skills, but also to provide them with development opportunities and equip them with behaviours and approaches to evaluation and personal development, to ensure they continue to develop their practice. Participants on the programme will be supported by an experienced mentor throughout.
The pilot programme and the set of Professional Principles against which the pilot cohort will be assessed have been developed with input from the Chartered College’s Professional Pathways Advisory Group and from surveys, focus groups and individual interviews with teachers, school leaders, teacher educators, sector experts and the wider teaching profession. The Professional Principles will undergo further revision over the next year, with the next phase of open consultation beginning in October 2017.
150 teachers will be accepted on to the pilot programme, which will start in January 2018 and will take 14 months to complete. Participants in the pilot programme will pay a reduced fee of £450; the full cost of the programme will be £850, with the cost spread across the programme.