Chartered College of Teaching launched in Sheffield

21st February 2017

Sheffield Hallam University has hosted the inaugural conference of the new Chartered College of Teaching.

The Chartered College of Teaching, which officially opened its doors for new members to join in mid-January and is headed by Dame Alison Peacock, has pledged to place research and evidence -at the heart of learning for teachers. The theme of the Chartered College of Teaching's inaugural conference, which took place at Sheffield Hallam's Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) on Saturday 18 February, was 'A collective voice'. As a new organisation established to connect the teaching profession, the event brought together teachers from across all phases and disciplines, with keynote presentations from high-profile figures in education, including Sheffield Hallam's Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Husbands, as well as sessions on connecting the teaching profession. Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the Chartered College, said it will offer teacher-led professional standards, a professional code of ethics, and a platform for sharing knowledge. She said the Chartered College aims to build an -authoritative, collective voice about teaching, inspired and informed by research and stories of practice. Dame Alison Peacock said: -When visiting schools and meeting teachers it is energising to witness world-class practice and to see the commitment and dedication that drives us all as educators. -We look forward to working with our members to help shape the Chartered College as we grow, providing evidence-based professional learning opportunities for communities of teachers. Professor Sam Twiselton, director of Sheffield Hallam's SIoE, said: "The Charted College of Teaching has a real opportunity to raise the status of teaching as a profession, give it an authoritative, evidence informed voice while also promoting public confidence in, and respect for, teachers. "Voluntary membership will be positively based on teachers' own aspirations, development and recognition, rather than being concerned with regulation and striking off. "The Charted College of Teaching, driven by the inspiring Dame Alison Peacock, is an important and progressive step for our profession and one that we are delighted to support at SIoE." The Chartered College is a voluntary professional membership body for the teaching profession. Teachers are able to sign up as Founding Members at www.chartered.college. Featured image: Dame Alison Peacock, Chief Executive of the new Chartered College of Teaching.

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