The TES is reporting that former primary school headteacher Dame Alison Peacock has been appointed as the first CEO of the College of Teaching.
The primary head does not view “failure as an option”, but accepts that her role in developing the body – designed to offer high-quality, continuous professional development for teachers – will be a “huge challenge”.
The College aims to raise the status of the profession by helping teachers to share knowledge and best practice. A crowdfunding campaign earlier this year secured less than 10 per cent of its target. Dame Alison told TES that the campaign had been a “setback”, but said she was confident the College would go “way beyond” the target of 5,000 members in two years.
However, teachers may have to wait until January to sign up while a website is finalised, despite previous plans to launch this autumn. Dame Alison said: “I am a bit like Tigger and want to get on with things, so I understand it can be quite frustrating.
“But we have got to be careful not to run before we can walk. Everything needs to be about quality.”
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