The Lion Alliance, based at Finham Park School, is a provider of The Chartered Teacher Programme. We are a large Teaching School, partnered with nineteen secondary and primary schools across Coventry and Warwickshire. We work closely with local universities and are experienced in offering highly effective professional training to teachers at all stages of their career. Schools within our alliance cover a broad range of educational contexts and perspectives across all phases of education.

We are passionate about improving the outcomes of all young people and believe that the best way to secure this is through enabling teachers to be the best possible practitioners.

The Chartered Teacher Programme provides participants with an invaluable opportunity to develop their own classroom practices, to draw together research and skills which enable young people to be successful in their learning. Throughout the programme, participants will spend time reviewing their own practice and will investigate different pedagogical approaches through both research and practical
application in the classroom. Alongside this, participants will complete a rigorous set of development and assessment processes and tasks. There is no doubt that it is a challenging programme, but that is an important part of its value and currency.
Completion of the programme demonstrates both excellent knowledge and practices as a teacher, and a commitment to professional growth, collaboration and development.

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About the Chartered Teacher Programme

The development of a programme to allow teachers to achieve Chartered Teacher Status has been a central focus of the Chartered College of Teaching since it began. The Chartered College of Teaching is now working in partnership with providers across the country to deliver the Chartered Teacher programme.

Chartered Teacher Status recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers, highlights the importance of their expertise in supporting the learning of children and young people and represents the first step in the development of a career pathway focused on effective classroom practice, not leadership. This status also brings teaching in line with other professions, where recognition of expertise and expectation of career-long professional learning are well-established.

In order to complete the programme and achieve Chartered Teacher Status, participants will undertake a range of different assessments that allow them to showcase their knowledge and skills against the areas set out in the Chartered College’s Professional Principles.

These highlight the importance of deep subject knowledge, understanding of pedagogy, assessment, and excellent classroom practice, as well as critical evaluation, engagement with research evidence and a desire to contribute to the profession.

Assessments include rigorous written and oral assignments, completion of a professional development plan, participation in debate activities, a research-based improvement project, and submission of a portfolio of videos of practice, work samples and reflections; full details are included in a later section of this guide.

During the course of the programme, participants will attend face-to-face training days as well as participating in a range of online activities, with each element designed not just to test a teachers’ knowledge and skills, but also to provide them with development opportunities and equip them with behaviours and approaches to evaluation and personal development that ensure they continue to develop their practice. Participants on the programme will be supported by an experienced mentor throughout.

Programme Structure

The Chartered Teacher programme is formed of three phases, each with a number of assessments within them. Across these three phases, participants will develop their understanding of the three domains of the Professional Principles:
Professional Behaviours, Professional Knowledge, and Professional Practice. The final phase of the programme is focused on drawing together the learning from the programme in a research-based improvement project.
The three phases are aligned with school terms and the programme lasts for 15 months, running from April 2020 until June 2021 if all phases are completed consecutively. There is a small amount of preparation and follow-up work, and Chartered Teacher Status will be awarded at an event in September 2021, once all assessments have been marked and moderated.

During the programme, participants will have the following opportunities:

  • access to IRIS Connect for the duration of the programme
  • four face-to-face events, including a presentation and award event
  • workshops, training, reading lists and supporting materials to help develop
    practice in key areas
  • a variety of online resources, including expert webinars and an online course
    on ‘education research that matters’
  • an experienced mentor to support them during the programme
  • support to lead a research-based improvement project linked to an area of
    school priority
  • an interview with an expert in the field of their research-based improvement
  • an online platform to facilitate collaboration with other participants
  • feedback on assessments as they are submitted
  • the ability to use the postnominal ‘CTeach’ once Chartered Teacher Status
    is awarded.

Participants will also be invited to attend other CPD opportunities led by The Lion Alliance. This will include TeachMeets and all Meet the Expert Conference events.

Benefits to the Participant

The Chartered Teacher programme aims to support teachers’ personal, professional and career development, and acknowledges and celebrates the fantastic work that happens in classrooms across the country every day. Those achieving Chartered Teacher Status will be recognised for evidence-informed, high-quality teaching practice, benefiting the young people they teach. Participation in the programme will also support teachers’ understanding and knowledge of effective evaluation, professional development, education policy, and research-engagement.

Benefits to the School

Successful completion of the programme and the assessments required to achieve Chartered Teacher Status demonstrates not just a teachers’ excellent knowledge and practice, but also professional behaviours that mean they have an impact beyond their own classroom. Chartered Teachers are committed to supporting the development of other teachers, sharing their expertise and contributing to a culture of learning and research-engagement within a school.

Benefits to the Profession

Chartered Teacher Status will help to raise the status of teachers and the important role they play, bringing teaching in line with other professions. The Chartered Teacher programme also represents a step in a move towards developing career pathways focused on excellent teaching, rather than leadership, and has a critical role to play in supporting teacher recruitment and retention.