College of Teaching


In response to a unanimous request from over 30 members of the education community, in 2012 the Prince's Teaching Institute (PTI) led a Committee of Teachers and a Commission of senior individuals to explore the idea of a new member-driven College of Teaching.

The teachers on the committee had a wide variety of experiences and were from different schools; the Commission included Headteachers, representatives from universities, subject associations, teaching unions, the existing College of Teachers, the Royal College of Surgeons and other education stakeholders.  

In June 2013 these groups authored a Discussion Document and associated Teacher and Headteacher surveys that set out a blueprint for a new, member-driven College of Teaching. These were designed to elicit a meaningful response from teachers, school leaders and the education community to the idea. (You can download this Discussion Document using the link to the left.)

The Blueprint below grew out of this Discussion Document, and in response to extensive consultation which has taken place with the education community. Over 1,200 teachers, headteachers and education stakeholders responded to an online survey, numerous written responses to the document were submitted and the Commission gathered oral evidence from over 40 people and organisations.

Although the idea has been around for a long time, the latest impetus for the idea of a College of Teaching was provided in May 2012 by the cross-party Education Committee.  Since then there have been a number of publications and articles that provide perspectives on the idea. A selection of these are listed in Additional Reading.

To find out the latest news about the College of Teaching, please go to

New College of Teaching Blueprint

A blueprint for a new College of Teaching was published on the 10th February 2014. Please download it, and the accompanying appendices, by clicking on the links below.


Blueprint for a new member-driven College of Teaching [436kB]



College of Teaching Blueprint: Appendix B: Written submissions [6.2MB]



College of Teaching Blueprint: Appendix C: Results of the Teacher and Headteacher Surveys [523kB]


Establishing a new College of Teaching

Thanks to generous philanthropic support, work on the establishment of a College of Teaching is now continuing. To determine a launch plan and to determine more accurate costings, Lynda Stewart has been seconded by Accenture to set up a robust business model and implementation plan that will deliver the Blueprint and ensure the core principle of keeping teachers at the heart of the organisation is adhered to, and Sarah Illingworth has been seconded by The Key to coordinate the publishing of update newsletters.

In addition,  and @CollofTeaching have been created to act as a focal point for the profession under the "Claim Your College" banner. 

On 9 December 2014, the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Schools expressed their support for a new independent College, and a consultation was launched asking for expressions of interest in how such a body would be set up.

Please click on the links below to view the newsletters so far:

Newsletter No 2

Newsletter No 1

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