'Championing the rights of children'

Royal College of Teaching proposed

Garry Tue 30 Apr 2013 10:48

The creation of a Royal College of Teaching is under discussion as a way of creating an independent professional voice for teachers in England.

The AQA exam board has published a collection of essays on how such a professional body might operate.

MPs on the Education Select Committee have backed calls for setting up a royal college.

But committee member Charlotte Leslie says it must be created by the teaching profession and not the government.

A series of think pieces in a booklet, Towards A Royal College of Teaching, sets out ideas for how such an organisation could help to raise the status of teachers.

'Recognised and respected'
Dame Joan McVittie, a secondary school head teacher and former president of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) union, says any new professional body must avoid being seen as either an arm of the government or of the teachers' unions.

Instead, she says, a Royal College of Teaching should provide an informed, authoritative voice for teaching, with responsibility for setting standards.

Read more ... (BBC News - 30 April)