NFER supports College of Teaching coalition
6 February 2015
NFER has given its backing to the Claim Your College campaign in support of a College of Teaching as part of its response to the Government’s consultation on its vision for a world-class teaching profession, which closed on Tuesday (3 February).
Claim Your College is a large coalition of organisations and individuals from across the education sector that have come together in recent months to develop plans and make a firm proposition about the development of such a college. In a statement submitted to the consultation, NFER outlines how it can support the coalition, or the establishment of the College of Teaching, by offering a unique perspective on evidence-informed practice.
Evidence suggests that schools which understand academic/professional research and apply the learning in support of change often have the best outcomes. Schools that adopt a culture of enquiry, underpinned by an understanding of professional research, are also most likely to improve teaching and learning and improve outcomes for young people.
NFER believes that a College of Teaching could have a key role in supporting an evidence-informed profession, with key functions including:
- Championing the case for the importance of evidence-based approaches – stimulating a debate across the profession.
- Acting as a conduit between the teaching profession and research commissioners in order to identify the needs, interests and challenges of the profession and ensure that the most relevant research is conducted and collated.
- Identifying and promoting the evidence of ‘what works’ in relation to CPD – this could include pointing teachers towards existing evidence platforms and helping to support their use.
- Assisting in translating the evidence for classroom practice – helping to make it relevant and ready for schools, and acting as a broker bridging the gap between research and practice.
- Helping support a school culture/climate of readiness to receive and act on the evidence (including promoting a professional debate about the required leadership, resources, climate, staffing, partnership working and so on that will be required for effective implementation of evidence-based CPD). NFER’s forthcoming free online Self-Review Tool for schools could provide a useful starting point in helping to assess schools’ current levels of readiness and engagement.
The full consultation response can be found here.
Information about the forthcoming NFER Self-Review Tool can be found here.