The Chartered College of Teaching

Membership Handbook 

April 2018


Note: This Membership Handbook is a live document, under continuous review. Please always check the Chartered College of Teaching website for the latest version.

Introduction

  • This Handbook sets out the process for applying for the various grades of membership of The Chartered College of Teaching (“the Chartered College”), the criteria to be applied in considering applications and the subscriptions and fees applicable to each grade. It is produced in accordance with Regulation I.2., and is subject to the Charter, Bye Laws and Regulations of the Chartered College from time being in force.

Grades of Membership

  • The Chartered College currently has the following grades of membership. All members are required to support the aims of the Chartered College. No person may be in more than one grade of membership (other than an honorary grade) at the same time.
    1. Professional Affiliates

Open to education professionals who are not eligible for full Membership.

  1. Historic Affiliates

This is a closed category of membership, consisting of those members continuing in the grade of membership they previously held in the College of Teachers (see appendix for full list).

  1. Students

Open to those enrolled on a course or programme of teacher training.

  1. Associates

(Not yet open.) For practising teachers who are not yet eligible for full Membership.

  1. Members (MCCT)

Open to graduate (or equivalent) practising teachers. ‘Founding Members’ are those Members who joined the College before 30th April 2017.

  1. Fellows (FCCT)

Open to Members or Affiliates who are senior teachers of at least ten years standing and have made a significant contribution to the teaching profession. ‘Founding Fellows’ are those who became Fellows before 31st March 2019 (or were Founding Members at the time they became Fellows).

  1. Honorary Members and Fellows (HonMCCT and HonFCCT)

Elected at an AGM on the proposal of the Council of the Chartered College for outstanding contribution to the teaching profession.

  • Affiliates, Students and Associates are non-voting members of the Chartered College. Members and Fellows are full, voting Members of the Chartered College. Honorary Members and Fellows do not have a vote in that capacity, but Honorary membership may be combined with substantive membership in one of the above grades.
  • ‘a course or programme of teacher training’ includes: those taking part in a School Direct programme, Teach First participants in the first year of the programme, and those studying in full-time education for a degree in education or on a postgraduate programme related to education.
  • ‘education professionals’ includes: those professionally involved in supporting teachers in a relevant setting; professionals working for a not-for-profit, government organisation or Higher Education Institution that supports the work of teachers; teachers who are not practising teachers; and teachers without a degree or equivalent.
  • ‘practising teacher’ means: a teacher professionally engaged in teaching in a relevant setting.
  • ‘a relevant setting’ means: an early years, school, college or further education setting (0-19) and includes out-of-school settings such as Pupil referral Units and Young Offenders’ Institutions.

Applications (including application by Nomination)

  • Applications for membership (or transfer from one grade of membership to another) shall be made on the Chartered College’s website at college and must be completed in accordance with the instructions provided on the website. This applies to application by Nomination to the Fekllowship.
  • Applications for membership will only be accepted if the applicant has paid the relevant membership subscription (other than in the case of Fellowship) and fulfils the criteria for the grade of membership.
  • The Chartered College may carry out checks and request such further information as it reasonably requires for the purpose of determining the eligibility of an applicant for membership.
  • For grades other than Fellowship, the Chartered College aims to assess applications and notify applicants of the outcome within 7 working days of the application being fully completed.

Membership Subscriptions and Fees

  • The following are the membership subscriptions payable for each substantive grade from 1st May 2017. Subscriptions are not payable for honorary grades.

Grade                                      Membership Subscription     

Professional Affiliates            £45

Historic Affiliates                    £45

Students                                  £0

Associates                               n/a

Members                                £45

Members (NQT)                     £36

Fellows                                   £85

  • Membership subscriptions cover a period of one calendar year starting on the date on which the the member joined the Chartered College. Subscriptions will become due each year on the anniversary of that date. If the member transfers from one membership grade to another during that calendar year, the member will be charged the amount appropriate to the new grade of membership on a pro-rata
  • An application for membership may be cancelled by notifying the Chartered College at membership@chartered.collegewithin 14 working days of the date on which the Chartered College notified the member of their application having been approved, and any membership subscription paid (minus an administration fee of £15) will be refunded.

 

Payment

  • In advance of any membership renewals, members will be notified in writing as follows:
    1. at least one calendar month before renewal is due: that membership is due for renewal; and
    2. at least seven working days before payment is taken by the Chartered College in accordance with paragraph 16: that the relevant membership subscription will be charged.
    3. Following receipt of notification under paragraph 15(a) or otherwise, a member may resign his or her membership in accordance with paragraph 28. Such resignation requests must be notified at least 10 working days in advance of the due date for the membership subscription fee to avoid such fee being taken in accordance with paragraph 16.
  • In taking payment for any membership renewal fees, the Chartered College of Teaching will charge the credit card, debit card or direct debit details that the member used to pay for membership upon joining. If the member would like to update payment details, pay via an alternative method, permanently delete personal data, or does not consent to being charged this amount, the member must let the Chartered College of Teaching know immediately. The member must contact the Chartered College of Teaching in writing at hello@chartered.college. It is the member’s responsibility to ensure that details are up-to-date and are accurate to the best of their knowledge.

 

  • The Chartered College of Teaching does not store or use payment details for any other purpose than for the annual membership renewal fee.

 

  • If a member’s payment is not accepted, the Chartered College of Teaching will ask the member to update his or her payment details. In the event that a member does not provide such updated details or his or her payment continues to be unaccepted, membership will terminate in accordance with paragraph 28.

 

Membership Benefits, Rights and Obligations

  • All members are entitled to the following membership benefits:
    1. an electronic subscription to the Chartered College’s journal;
    2. attendance (which may be subject to charges) at conferences, workshops and other events organised by the Chartered College and by partner organisations;
    3. access to materials through the Chartered College’s website;
    4. access to a database of approximately 2,000 relevant journals, e-books and research materials; and
    5. the ability to participate in local and regional activities of the Chartered College;
    6. access to the University of Bristol document summary service;
    7. a 30% book discount at Sage, Crown House and John Catt.
  • Full Members are additionally entitled to the following membership benefits:
    1. hard copy of the Chartered College’s journal ;
    2. the ability to stand and vote in Chartered College elections; and
    3. the right to use the designatory letters ‘MCCT’ or ‘FCCT’ appropriate to their grade.
  • Fellows are additionally entitled to the following membership benefits:
    1. an invitation to an annual Fellowship event;
    2. the ability to stand for the eleven positions on the Council which are reserved for Fellows (including the posts of President and the two Vice-Presidents);
    3. invitations to Fellow-only policy roundtables;
    4. membership of an on-line community and network of Fellows;
    5. listing as a Fellow in the College’s Fellowship Directory and on its website (Founding Fellows will be identified as such in the Directory and on the website);
    6. a termly Fellows’ Newsletter;
    7. termly research webinars;
    8. access to a dedicated Relationship Manager;
    9. a Welcome Pack, including a letter from the Chief Executive and a Fellowship Certificate.
  • The range and nature of the benefits provided to its members by the Chartered College may be varied at any time and without prior notice. The right to receive membership benefits set out in paragraphs 19, 20 and 21 above (including the right to use the designatory letters) lapses seven days after the date upon which a member ceases to be up-to-date with the payment of membership subscriptions.
  • Where services offered to members of the Chartered College are provided by anyone other than the Chartered College, they are subject to the terms and conditions of that provider and the Chartered College accepts no liability for loss or damage suffered as a consequence of any defect, error or omission in the provision of those services.
  • The Chartered College is not obliged to refund any part of a membership subscription paid for a year during which a member has ceased to be a member.
  • Admission as a member of the Chartered College does not in itself confer any rights in materials that are made available to members, whether through the Chartered College’s website, at conferences or workshops and other events or by any other means. Materials provided through the Chartered College’s website are subject to the website terms of use.
  • Conditions regarding the use of other materials provided by the Chartered College will be notified to members as and when the materials are provided. Members may not reproduce or use the logo of the Chartered College unless express permission in writing has been granted by the Chartered College.
  • The Chartered College may retain information regarding your membership and of your use of the services offered by the Chartered College and may use that information for the purposes and in the ways specified in the Chartered College’s privacy policy. In particular, information relating to your membership of the Chartered College, including your admission to various grades within the College, membership of local, regional and specialist groups of the College, and service on committees of the Chartered College etc. will form part of the Chartered College’s permanent archive.

Termination of Membership

  • Membership terminates if:
    1. the Chartered College becomes aware that any information provided in the member’s application for membership was misleading or false in any material aspect and the Chartered College decides to terminate membership;
    2. the member does not renew his or her membership within one month of the expiry of the previous year’s membership;
    3. the member resigns by written notice to the Chartered College at its registered office; or
    4. the member is guilty of improper conduct and the Chartered College decides to terminate membership in accordance with the procedures set out in Regulations.
  • In the case of termination under paragraph 28(b), membership will be revived without a fresh application if the membership subscription is paid within the same membership year. Requests to revive membership outside the same membership year will be considered at the sole discretion of the Membership Committee.

 

Appendix – Grades of Historic Affiliate

There are three substantive, and two honorary, grades of membership for those whose membership of the College of Teachers dates from before 1st September 2015 and, in the case of substantive membership, have kept up membership subscriptions. They are set out below with their designatory letters:

  • Associate Member of the College of Teachers (AMCollT)
  • Member of the College of Teachers (MCollT or MCollP)
  • Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCollT or FCollP)
  • Honorary Member of the College of Teachers (HonMCollT)
  • Honorary Fellow of the College of Teachers (HonFCollT)

 

 

Approved by the Chair of the Constitutional Committee 9th April 2018 with delegated authority from the Constitutional Committee 6th March 2018.