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Important - The College of Teaching membership consultation

Discussion in 'Education news' started by Vince_Ulam, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    If you haven't heard of the College of Teaching, it's a DfE attempt to create a puppet professional body which will rubberstamp its future decisions regarding the structure, duties & conditions of the teaching profession.

    They are about to run a consultation on who will be allowed membership of the College of Teaching. Should it be teacher only? Or should membership, as its chair wishes, be open to anyone who says that they have an 'interest' in education, including the CEOs of academy chains, teaching assistants and people who have dropped out of ITT? Do you want Pearson telling you how you should teach? How about Capita and other supply agencies?

    If you're a teacher and you want to protect our profession then your voice needs to be counted in this consultation. Read this document in full and take the time to fill out this survey linked on page 3; the survey, you'll note, does not require anyone to state their teacher number or centre - it's open to anyone. They're calling it a consultation, as though this is a preliminary before a more formal vote, but the headline on page 3 is 'Find half an hour to change the profession' (their emphasis).

    Have your say. Spread the word to your colleagues so that they can have their say. This is probably the profession's last stand before we come under the rule of a de facto Ministry of Teaching run by commercial interests. If you need more resources about the consultation then you can find them here. or for further information you can contact Laura Smith at lsmith@collegeofteaching.ac.uk or info@collegeofteaching.ac.uk.

    Good luck to us all.
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  2. Morninglover

    Morninglover Lead commenter


    And, no, I didn't pledge them some money!
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  3. BigFrankEM

    BigFrankEM Established commenter

    Whilst endorsing the unstated affirmation that professional (sic) representation matters and the expressed sentiment that this initiative is a Trojan Horse with a capital T and H , the idea that an on-line consultation of this nature will currently change anything certainly is not one which I feel able to subscribe to.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    If you believe that your voice counts for nothing then have your say anyway. You will at least be able to that you stood on the barricades while others stood by, looked on and did nothing.
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  5. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Thank you @Vince_Ulam for bringing this to a wider audience: something the DfE have failed to do so far. I doubt many teachers are aware that the CoT has already appointed its trustees, of which nine out of its sixteen members are actually teachers.

    I found this to be quite an interesting read on the subject.
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  6. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Would it be worth putting this on other forums too?
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  7. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    Good idea, @cissy3. Posted links throughout Workplace fora with the exception of Teaching Overseas.
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  8. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    @Vince_Ulam. If you ask @TES_Rosaline very nicely she might pin this post to the top of the forum so that it doesn't move 'down the charts' as it were.
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  9. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    What a great idea, @snowyhead.

    @TES_Rosaline, would you please sticky this to the top of Education News until the College of Teaching consultation is complete on 1st March 2016? It's really a very important matter which affects the careers of all site users who are current teachers and those entering the profession. It would be very much appreciated by a number of us, thank you.
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  10. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    You could always set up a rival body. A chartered teachers' institute or something. One in which only qualified teachers could join. It merely needs to be an app on a smartphone with a linked website. It certainly would not need £250,000 from muggins teachers.
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  11. Didactylos4

    Didactylos4 Star commenter

    Like others I don't think the "consultation" is any more than a tick box exercise but have gone through the process whilst offering up a quick prayer to St Jude.
    Just in case
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  12. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Sorry but is this actually important or is it just another quango with nice pay for useless people?

    What is the College of Teaching? Is it the GTC under another name?
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  13. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    It's both. It will gain a Royal Charter currently residing with the similarly named College of Teachers but it's influence will be greater.

    It's a different beast, part of the ongoing programme to effectively privatise the education system by increasing commercial influences upon the teaching profession contra the unions. They're even asking for teachers to pledge money in support.

    This is the closest thing they have to a website right now. Look at the trustees. Some teachers at the top but the list grows increasingly remote from the classroom the further down you page, featuring a 'business leader' who used to be planning director for Tesco, a surgeon and a representative of the existing College of Teachers whose membership is already open to, well, practically anyone. Nicki Morgan's photo doesn't yet appear but it won't be long.
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  14. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Thanks for the reply Vince...

    Looks like a rubber stamp but it'll be held up to represent the profession while seeking to undermine the profession... lackeys.
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  15. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Not sure I'd even trust the teachers looking at that site:

    Quote: He is in his forth (sic) year of teaching; prior to that he spent nearly 20 years as a trainer, project manager and management consultant with the ........ Group. His areas of specialism include strategic reviews, organisational development, stakeholder management and competence development.

    Ah. Just what every teacher needs. (Spit)
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  16. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Well, they clearly need more English teachers.....Page 2 says:

    The College of Teaching – an opportunity for the progression to come together to set its own standards. Find out more, tell us what you think.

    (bold underlined by me)

    What I think is that this confirms teaching is no longer a profession!!
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  17. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

  18. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    Well spotted Vince.

    This thing about "The Big Staff Meeting". I presume these meetings have not happened yet and it is up to "ordinary" practising teachers to organise them from what I can make of literature. Maybe this string could be in the Career Clinic as an opportunity to get out of the classroom.

    I'm retired but I still filled in the survey form. Nothing to stop me. However if this body is to be of any use it has to restrict itself to only practising teachers. I would also think that if I clear out my cookies then I could fill it in again. Nothing else to stop me. Amateurish right from the start.

    By the way, what was wrong with the GTC and IfL that this body will avoid and how will it do it?

    Finally how can teachers trust anything like this nowadays. Simple load of tosh basically.
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  19. TCSC47

    TCSC47 Star commenter

    And of course the survey is worded so that they can select the answers they want. Been there and done that myself!
  20. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    The College of Teaching will gain a Royal Charter. These have been given out since around 1300 apparently. So fast forward into the future with an archaic pseudo legal structure. Very 21 st century.

    Perhaps keeping the full forward into the future, inspired by the past theme. We could have an Oath like the doctors. Funny hand shakes like a lot of architects. New letters after our name? Perhaps Chartered Teachers?

    The truth is that we need a body more like the BMA, run by people that practice. Top professions regulate themselves. This is something the government would never allow teachers to do.

    The idea of a body to agree on what is good practice based on research has some merit. Though not if the decisions are dictated by people who are no longer teaching or having their strings pulled by the DFE / government.

    Unfortunately the proposed College of Teaching will be seen as another government imposed quago. Good for those who get to ride the gravy train but ignored or despised by those that practice teaching.
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