The College of Teachers is the UK’s professional educational institute for teachers. Holding the 366th Royal Charter issued by the monarchy, their aim is to be at the forefront of continuing professional development and promoting the teaching profession. The College extends its Membership to individuals and institutions that share the aim of advancing the interests of education and strive to support improvements in standards of teaching and learning.
Since 1849 they have shaped the face of education from the establishment of teacher training, to creating the first chair of education in England, to developing certification for school children, to supporting the professional work of others who work in education.
As the professional college for teaching in the United Kingdom they support the teaching profession through networks of membership and qualifications.
Their members include primary, secondary and special educational needs teachers, lecturers, university staff, teaching assistants, industrial trainers, local authority managers and governors both in the UK and around the world. Many specialist associations, agencies, colleges and schools also belong to The College as Institutional Members.
Their qualifications range from attendance certificates through to Masters level and are professional rather than academic in nature, allowing everyone involved in education to have their professional achievement and expertise recognised and rewarded. As these qualifications are awarded under the Royal Charter, they benefit from international recognition allowing their holders to move schools, local authorities, and even countries safe in the knowledge that their qualifications will be recognised.
In many cases, their qualifications are available directly from The College but they also accredit courses offered by independent training providers globally.
Everything they do is driven by a commitment to raise standards in education and improve learning for all.