A Conservative member of parliament is to speak to those in education jobs in order to gauge the level of support for her call for the establishment of a Royal College for teachers.
Charlotte Leslie, the MP for Bristol North West and a member of the Education Select Committee, first proposed the idea back in May in an article for the Telegraph, but she now wants to get out on the street to canvass the opinion of teachers in her constituency and gather their feedback.
Ms Leslie objects to the fact that while other important professionals such as surgeons or physicians are supported by Royal Colleges, which set standards and promote research, teachers do not currently benefit in this way.
"Crucially, the Royal Colleges are run not by politicians, but by professionals, for professionals," she wrote in her newspaper column.
As well as being unhappy with the level of interference from government with the current set up, Ms Leslie is also worried that for "talented would-be teachers, one major turn-off is that the profession has no clear career path".
"In medicine, there is clear progress from junior doctor to senior consultant. But if you're a superb teacher, what can you expect?" she explained, adding that management is not for many teachers.
The MP believes that a Royal College could fill this gap "by providing a universally recognised career progression to 'consultant teacher'".
Such a position would be filled be those "excellent at doing the job", who could lead and inspire others in their particular area of expertise.
Importantly, she is passionate that all of these changes must not come from government, but be driven by people from within the teaching profession itself.
"Politicians have a duty to clear the way for such a college, so teaching gets the status it deserves," Ms Leslie concluded.
Posted by Alan Douglas