Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'It's No Gimmick. We Must Succeed'

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

'It's No Gimmick. We Must Succeed'

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College of Teaching reveals board of 13 founding trustees

The College of Teaching, a new independent chartered body for the profession, has appointed 13 founding trustees.

The volunteer trustees comprise five classroom teachers, three headteachers and five non-teaching professionals. The school-based trustees are split across the primary and secondary sectors. But seven of the eight are based in southern England, half of them in the capital.

The trustees' first jobs will be to help persuade critics that the independent College of Teaching will be worthwhile and to encourage more teachers to get on board.

The classroom teachers, chosen from hundreds of applicants by an independent committee, include Claire Dockar, lead practitioner at Lipson Co-operative Academy in Plymouth. She said: "Our aim must be to raise the profile of teaching as a profession so that it is comparable to others with their own accredited professional bodies. The College is no gimmick and we face a tremendous challenge that just has to succeed."

The other classroom practitioners are: Simon Dowling, head of English at Colchester Royal Grammar School; Paul Dwyer, director of sixth form at Putney High School in London; Victoria McDowell, a primary school teacher at Bridekirk Dovenby School in Cumbria; and Malcolm Wilson, a former management consultant who teaches at Hathaway Primary School in Ealing, West London.

Professionally proficient

The three headteachers are: Joan Deslandes, from London comprehensive Kingsford Community School; Dame Kate Dethridge, from Churchend Primary Academy in Reading; and Penny Barratt of The Bridge School, a London special school. …

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