The Royal College of Teaching draws closer

Plans to create a professional body for the teaching profession were gathering pace this week with the publication of a report on the proposal and public backing from education minister Michael Gove.

Moves to set up a Royal College of Teaching gathered pace this week with the publication of a report discussing the merits of the idea and backing for the plan from the secretary of state.

The booklet, Towards a Royal College of Teaching: Raising the status of the profession, was published on Tuesday (April 30) and examines the practicalities of creating a body that would be run by teachers and which would focus on promoting excellent practice in schools.

It comes after education secretary Michael Gove gave his backing to the idea during a speech at the National College for Teaching and Leadership. He said: “There is a growing consensus that teachers should emulate other professions and set up a new Royal College identifying, exemplifying and defining best practice in the teaching profession.”

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