Teachers sought as trustees for College of Teaching

Body is looking for people with the ability to 'challenge current thinking'

Helen Ward

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Up to eight classroom teachers are being sought to help shape the direction of the new College of Teaching.

The body is looking for trustees who are currently working as teachers, have up-to-date knowledge of the education sector and have experience in fields such as evidence-based practice or sharing best practice between schools.

The College of Teaching is launching in the autumn as a new chartered body for the profession. It will be led by teachers and will be independent of the government.

It aims to give members access to high-quality evidence, including a new peer-reviewed journal and will set up regional networks and run national events to debate evidence-informed practice.

There are already 13 founding trustees, who were appointed in autumn 2015. And last month, the college advertised for a chief executive.

Determining strategy

The eight further classroom teachers will be appointed as council members with collective responsibilities including determining the overall development of the college and overseeing a fundraising strategy. The body is being set up with government seed funding of £5 million, but attempts earlier this year to raise more money for the college were disappointing.

There is no expectation that applicants will have positions of responsibility in school, but middle leaders may apply.

The advert says that the personal qualities required include the "ability to challenge current thinking in a constructive manner and in the best interests of the College and the teaching profession".

Paul Dwyer, who is already a trustee of the College of Teaching and director of sixth form and a history teacher at Putney High School in London said: “Classroom teachers are the very people that the College is designed to support. It is vital to us that they help to shape our direction in the important months and years ahead."

The role is voluntary and will involve up to 20 days a year. Trustees are expected to serve for two years. Expenses will be paid.

The deadline for applications is Friday 30 September 2016. More information is available here.

The College of Teaching  is also asking teachers to share their thoughts via a short survey which is viewable here.

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Helen Ward

Helen Ward

Helen Ward is a reporter at Tes

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