Over the last few days there has been a lot of debate on Twitter surrounding the Chartered College of Teaching. Many of the worries I have heard are quite valid, but this doesn't change my opinion of the CCT. I believe that the CCT is still a very young organisation, with lots of learning and changing still to do, but that is also doing a lot right already. That's why I'm running for council, to help with that development. As I've said, I agree with some of the concerns raised, but I don't think they are reasons to write off an organisation that is still in it's infancy.
A brief comment on the 'non-teacher' issue.
I can see both angles on this one. I wish there was a slightly more level playing field and that the council places reserved for members not fellows could only be teachers (I include anyone with a teaching timetable or teacher in their job title). Leaving the fellow positions for longer serving teachers or others who have significant teaching experience and are now in other roles related to teaching. There appears to be fellows running in the normal member category, meaning it's possible that there won't be a true spread of experience on the council which I think is a shame. I think this range of experience is important and that teachers voices need to have a strong presence on the council. This will be down to the members voting at the end of the day, maybe there would've been a better way of ensuring this - but it is the fist time.
The reasons why I think it's worth sticking by the CCT.
In summary, the CCT has a long way to go, it's far from perfect - but I'm sure nobody has claimed that it is. The only way this will develop is with more teachers on board as members and running for council and striving for change. Things that come with time and effort. I think it'll be worth it.
This week will be my last at my current school, an all girls grammar school. I've been there two and a half years and I think I always knew I was going to make this move back to a mixed secondary school. I wanted to take the opportunity to blog about my experiences in this school and my reasons for making the change. I've had many colleagues who can't understand the move (having always attended and worked in grammars themselves), but also a number of colleagues who haven't always worked in grammars and can see the appeal.
So, what have I got from my two and a half years?
Having been to my new school for a New Staff day and the Year 6 Transition day I know I'm in for a shock to the system. It's going to be very different and there are clearly things that I can't just repeat in the same way that I've been used to. However, there is a lot that I've learned that I'll be able to adapt and take with me. This year is going to be hard work, but I can't wait.