Why we must have a Royal College of Teaching

Why should we have a Royal College of Teaching? After a Prince's Teaching Institute workshop last month established the first principles of what such an institution might look like, John Coles argues why it is an essential move for the profession

A minister from the Department of Health stands up and begins to speak. Detailing the grave deficiencies of the medical profession and its lack of attention to evidence about effective practice, she sets out her plans for retraining surgeons in traditional practice in preference to the latest vogue for keyhole surgery. 

Citing recent research, she argues that traditional methods are best and must be reintroduced. Despite outrage from surgeons, who argue that the outcomes will be poor, the common sense proposals are widely welcomed by the public and implemented by hospital managers.

Ludicrous and implausible? Maybe, but why? I ask because under successive governments, education ministers have done the precise equivalent time after time – winning not general derision but widespread support.

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