David Cameron has announced a multimillion-pound grant to help establish a College of Teaching, in an effort to end the profession’s “Cinderella” status.
Writing in this week’s TES, the prime minister announces that the government will support the Claim Your College consortium in its bid to create a teacher-led royal college, giving the profession a similar status to medicine and law.
As part of his pledge to provide funding, Mr Cameron gives assurances that the college would be “fully independent” of government, offering teaching “the sort of leadership that other professions have enjoyed for decades”.
Mr Cameron highlights that other professions are represented by professional bodies that set and maintain high standards of practice and lead the way in research.
“But for too long teaching was the Cinderella profession – every bit as deserving as the rest but too rarely seen or treated as the profession it is,” he adds. “We are determined to give teachers all the respect and recognition they deserve.”
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