In October 2016, the Chartered College hosted a series of focus groups, held in Manchester, London and Birmingham. Over 100 teachers participated in these sessions, representing the diverse range of education including 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 complete research process. Read the research study here.
The aim of the focus group sessions were 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 have helped to identify the key issues that teachers want the Chartered College to work together on and these issues include:
- supporting and enhancing teacher professionalism;
- offering access to high quality research;
- demonstrating credibility and sustainability;
- facilitating the sharing of practice;
- teacher wellbeing; and
- representing and amplifying teacher voice.
What’s next? The next stage for the Chartered College is to act on this agenda of ideas. We will develop a broad range of activities which respond to the issues that teaching professionals have told us are important for them. Our ongoing programme of consulting with teaching professionals will enable us to build further on the study’s findings.