Call for talks on new body to ensure teachers’ voices heard

Simon Jones, on the executive of the National Union of Teachers

Simon Jones, on the executive of the National Union of Teachers

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Lancashire’s teachers leaders are calling for “wide ranging consultation” on the structure and objective of the planned new College of Teaching.

Proposals for the member-led organisation have been on the cards for several years and have received support from an all-party education committee.

The blueprint was published more than a year ago in February 2014 and last December the then Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Schools expressed their support for a new independent college.

The main aim of the professional body will be improving the education of children and young people by supporting teachers’ development and recognising excellence in teaching.

A selection committee to find trustees is being launched.

Simon Jones, Lancashire executive member of the National Union of Teachers has called for widespread consultation so “the structures and objectives can have the full support of the profession.”

He added: “The NUT will work alongside others to promote the voice of teachers in the college, which must be led by teachers and act in the interests of teachers and their pupils.

“To be successful, it will need to offer real value to teachers struggling under heavy workload, who feel that their professional voice is not listened to or understood by Government.”