One point which those involved in education can all agree upon, is that incessant changes to school life, instigated by turbulent political cycles, have had and continue to have, a detrimental effect upon the quality of teaching and learning within schools. With the constant mist of uncertainty permeating classrooms, the need for an impartial and informed body to provide a professional voice for teachers is more necessary than ever.
In addition to providing a voice to teachers, such a body would ensure that within the ever more fragmented world of education, all teachers would be at least afforded the opportunity to access research led CPD regardless of their school situation. Many teachers find that, due to circumstances beyond their control, they are excluded from the means to continue to develop their practice as a result of inadequate and often detrimental CPD provision at a school level. However, membership of the new College of Teachers would remove the need for teachers to rely upon their school to be the sole providers of opportunities for the development of practice.
Teachers would be able to access effective and informed training, which would serve to improve their teaching. Improvements in teaching, garnered through training provided by the College, would inevitably improve learning, providing professionals with the means to develop their teaching as part of an honest and reflective movement.
In the light of such benefits, the arguments for the creation of the new College of Teaching are more compelling than ever. Not only could teachers improve their teaching, they would be provided with a morale boosting professional voice, be part of a reflective movement, and ultimately, be able to have a greater impact upon the learning of the young people whom they serve each day.