Educational coalition makes the case for a new professional body for teaching

Tuesday 30 Apr 2013

Proposals for a new professional body for teachers will be unveiled today in a report written by a broad coalition of teachers, educationalists and professionals. The launch of the report is being supported by AQA.

'Towards a Royal College of Teaching: Raising the status for the profession' sets out a range of views on how to increase the professional status of teachers.

It is part of a bigger project which is exploring the practicalities of creating a professional body for teaching, run by teachers, to focus on promoting excellent teaching practice.The new body would operate on similar lines to the medical royal colleges, such as The Royal College of Surgeons.

The report follows a recommendation from the Education Select Committee that the teaching profession should look at setting up such a body. It is edited and introduced by Charlotte Leslie MP, a member of the Education Select Committee and features a wide range of contributions from the educational world and beyond:

  • David Weston, from the Teacher Development Trust, asks 'What do grassroots teachers need?'
  • The leaders of the teaching and headteaching unions set out 'What's in it for the unions?'
  • Professor Jonathan Shepherd, of the Royal College of Surgeons, considers the lessons from the world of medicine in 'A medical royal college perspective'
  • Jon Prichard, from the Engineering Council, looks at similar experiences from another profession in 'Engineering: a case study in professional recognition.'

AQA's chief executive Andrew Hall said:

'Teaching deserves higher recognition and teachers are at the heart of the education system, making a difference every day to the lives of hundreds of thousands of young people.'

'As an education charity that works with thousands of schools through our qualifications and the continuous professional development courses we run, AQA wants to join with others in exploring how a new organisation could promote the expertise and professionalism of teachers.'

Download a copy of Towards a Royal College of Teaching.