with the formal backing of education secretary Nicky Morgan and schools minister David Laws, as well as the promise of some cash to finally get it off the ground.
There is little to argue with in the concept of a college. What's not to like about having something that is self-governing, holds the promise of parity of esteem with other professions, offers an independent voice and could take control of professional standards and CPD? As the Department for Education puts it, "moving stewardship of the profession out of the hands of the government and to the profession".
The trouble is, it's not a silver bullet. Yes, it will help to raise the status of the profession, but despite all the hype it cannot do so in and of itself. Politicians can't undermine, sideline and infantilise teachers for years, then slap on the healing balm of a professional institution and hope that suddenly teaching is up there with medicine and law, job done. It will take much, much more than that. It demands not only that government, of any hue, step back but also that it exhibit a change in attitude and, most importantly, a change of rhetoric towards a public expression of trust and support.
The upcoming election is undoubtedly responsible for this latest revival (the idea received cross-party consensus in 2012, with a consultation in 2013, but then stalled). And therein lie the challenges. Can the various factions in the sector come together quickly enough to make a College of Teaching happen (the consultation closes on 3 February)? And if they do, will they be able to demonstrate enough value and rally the support of sufficient numbers of teachers? Organisations such as ResearchED and the Headteachers' Roundtable - an informal grouping that published its own impressive manifesto and now plans to introduce a National Baccalaureate - prove that it is possible to take control on a small scale.
This is a pivotal moment for the profession. An independent, self-governing College of Teaching is an attractive prospect, but it does bring with it increased professional responsibility. Setting your own standards is easy. Holding yourself to them is not.