The Royal College of Teaching moves a step closer to reality, but faces some key questions

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The founding trustees are appointed, a Royal Charter is donated, and a £250,000 crowd-funding bid is launched – but both the NUT and NASUWT have raised questions, warning that the new College of Teaching will have to ‘earn the respect’ of the profession. Pete Henshaw reports

A Royal College of Teaching is much closer to reality this week after the appointment of 14 “founding trustees” to help oversee its establishment.

This number includes three school leaders and five teachers and the announcement comes alongside news that the College of Teaching has been invited to take over the Royal Charter from the existing College of Teachers charity, which was set up 164 years ago and today runs courses for teachers.

The process of Charter revision has begun and will be completed in 2016.

However, the unveiling of the trustees has not gone completely smoothly, with the National Union of Teachers (NUT) this week warning the College that it will have to “earn the respect” of the profession.

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