Subject specialism lies at the heart of many teachers’ professional identity and the ability to engage with like-minded colleagues in their subject community develops both their subject knowledge and pedagogy.
Subject teaching associations engage daily with thousands of teachers and can offer their support to the College with their reach, their expertise and their understanding of what makes a vibrant community of practice in the world of education. The collective reach of the subject associations is remarkable. Subject associations currently reach thousands of schools, tens of thousands of teachers and thereby benefit millions of pupils.
These associations contribute to all areas of teacher education and continuing professionalism. They have a long history of partnership with university researchers: both in subject knowledge and subject pedagogy and they continue to develop the teaching and learning of their disciplines.
The Council for Subject Associations (CfSA) is the umbrella body that brings subject associations together to discuss common concerns and to develop collaborative projects and to be a voice for subject teaching and learning.
Teachers, and the Chartered College, are dependent on the subject knowledge and expertise that subject associations provide. The Chartered College is working closely with subject associations to further develop these important relationships.
You can find out more about some of the subject associations below.
The Geographical Association (GA) represents the views of geography teachers and plays a leading role in public debate relating to geography education. Its journals, publications, professional events and local and online networks support teachers and share ideas and practice.
The UK Literacy Association is a professional association and its sole objective is to advance education in literacy.
NATRE is the subject teacher association for RE professionals. It works to support those who teach and lead in all schools and institutions and at all stages of their career. NATRE provides a focal point for the concerns of RE professionals, a representative voice at national level for all who teach and lead in RE, and publications and courses to support professional development.
The PSHE Association is the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, leading the effort to ensure that every pupil receives high-quality provision. We provide expert advice, training and high-quality resources and campaign on behalf of our members.
The Association of Teachers of Mathematics is the professional home for teachers who want to explore strategies that will enable all learners to enjoy and discover mathematics. Members are eligible to apply for Chartered Mathematics Teacher status.
The Historical Association is the UK charity for history. Its aim is to bring together people who share an interest in, and love for the past and to further the study, teaching and enjoyment of history in all guises and forms: professional, public and popular.
The Association for Science Education (ASE) is the professional learning community for all those involved in science education from pre-school to higher education. Members receive many unique benefits.
NALDIC, is the national subject association for EAL. Promoting the effective teaching and learning of EAL and multilingual pupils in UK schools through advocacy, training, resources and networking. Bringing together members from a range of settings, schools and organisations.
The Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education is a subject association which supports the professional development of pre-service and qualified teachers. It has a specific focus on improving learning through the application of digital technologies in teaching and through the effective teaching of Computing and ICT.
The Mathematical Association exists to support and promote confidence and enjoyment in mathematics through collaboration between students, teachers, mathematicians and others interested in mathematics and mathematics education.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is a subject association for music teachers and the professional body for musicians working in the UK. They have almost 8,000 individual members who work as classroom teachers, performers, composers and instrumental and vocal teachers and provide valued professional development opportunities on the curriculum, GCSE, AS and A level alongside a full range of high quality seminars, webinars and published guides.
The Design and Technology Association provide design and technology teachers with specialist advice, teaching resources, CPD and membership networking opportunities, to support all aspects of their professional D&T education practice.
AAIA is the Association for Achievement and Improvement through Assessment is a voluntary, not-for-profit organisation that has the aim of promoting assessment practice that supports learning; it has an active website, runs regular regional meetings, and has a lively Annual Conference.
The National Association for Numeracy and Mathematics in Colleges provides professional development (including bespoke courses) for numeracy and mathematics teachers and is a voice for the post-16 education sector. Membership is open to those working for colleges, private training providers, the voluntary sector, adult and community learning and others with an interest in this area.
The aim of the English Association is to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language and its literatures and to foster good practice in its teaching and learning at all levels.
The Association for Language Learning (ALL) is the UK's major subject association for those involved in the teaching of foreign languages. ALL actively promotes the teaching and learning of foreign languages by providing practitioner-focused and research-based information and publications, organising professional development activities and acting as a public voice on behalf of members.
One Dance UK is the leading subject association and membership organisation for dance. We provide CPD, resources, advice and advocacy for dance in and beyond school.
National Association of Writers in Education is the one organisation supporting the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational and community settings throughout the UK.
The Association for Physical Education (afPE) works to develop physical education related policy, meeting with representatives from partner organisations and political representatives, and promoting the subject in a variety of forums. The afPE has a purpose to promote and maintain high standards and safe practice in all aspects and at all levels of physical education, influencing developments in physical education.
The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) represents teachers of citizenship. We publish the journal Teaching Citizenship.
Computing At School (CAS) is the number one community for support, training, advice and guidance for teaching computing in primary and secondary schools throughout the UK. Our community forum has over 25,000 registered members with access to nearly 4000 resources contributed by working teachers. Local face to face support and training is available through our network of 220 CAS hubs and over 300 CAS Master Teachers working through one of the ten CAS Regional Centres.
National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen) is the leading membership organisation for education professionals supporting children and young people with SEND. We support thousands of practitioners, by providing relevant knowledge, training and resources required to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs. Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current. nasen is committed to providing an excellent range of professional development opportunities by offering the latest news and information, to support practitioners in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.