Reblogged from 3arn0wl’s blog (@LePrecis)
Respect! Acknowledge that not only do teachers hold a degree and a post-graduate teaching qualification, but that they have chalk-face experience which they bring to the table too: The College of Teachers absolutely must not be top-down.
Advise & support. The College of Teachers shouldn’t be the Orwellian Big Brother regulator that the GTC soon became, but a Professional Carerable to offer sage advice.
Broadcast sound pedagogy. Enough of the looking anywhere but the country which has a very long and fine tradition of educating! The Collegeneeds to shout best pedagogy to government.
Offer courses. Teachers have 5 inset days a year, few of which in my experience are used for CPD. There could be 5-day intensive regional conferences around the country, where teachers opt into the lectures/courses they’re interested in pursuing, or smaller courses on relevant things, which could be narrow-cast. The College should have a role in connecting teaching teachers with learning teachers too.
Offer graduate and postgraduate courses, run in sympathy with work commitments.
In a digital age, the college must have online fora to discuss and share ideas with colleagues:
- An in-house version of Twitter’s #UKEdChat.
- An online messageboard to share best practice. Maybe by subject discipline as well as general topics.
- A Dropbox-esque place (or obvious links to) to share materials.
- A blog, with entries from house and guest education luminaries, and the chance to discuss the topic.