A world-class teaching profession – Government consultation

The Art of Being Present for Teachers

Plans to support the set-up of a new, independent, professional body to represent and champion high standards in the teaching profession were announced on 9 December 2014 by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Schools Minister David Laws.

This country already has world-class teachers, who are driving up standards in our schools and helping prepare every child – regardless of their background – for life in modern Britain. But the coalition government is committed to helping teachers improve even further.

A strong teaching profession that takes increasing responsibility for its own development and improvement is at the heart of the government’s plan for education. The creation of a new professional body, led and owned by teachers themselves, will help to achieve that vision and ensure teachers continue to be recognised as valued professionals, bolster the professional status of teaching, and support the profession to grow and learn.

The package of measures published for consultation aims to put the teaching profession in England on a par with the best in the world by:

  • supporting the creation of a new, independent, professional body for teaching – a college of teaching – that will give the profession greater responsibility over things like professional standards and development, placing teaching on an equal footing with high-status professions like law and medicine
  • establishing a new fund to support more high-quality, evidence-based professional development programmes – designed and delivered by a network of more than 600 leading teaching schools, working in partnership with others to spread the findings of their work across the teaching profession

The consultation ‘A World-class teaching profession‘ will be open until 3 February 2015.

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