New RSA publication: Licensed to Create

RSA Education has just published a report and animation called ‘Licensed to Create’.  It contains ten essays that explores teacher quality and the idea of licensing teachers.  Two of the essays are written by familiar names to RSA Academies, one by Philippa Cordingley, Chair of Governors at RSA Academy, Tipton and one by Lorna Owen, Vice Principal at Holyhead School.

Over recent years the education world has begun to recognise teacher quality as one of the most important factors through which to improve student outcomes.  This collection of essays was prompted partly by Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education’s suggestion that a new teacher licensing scheme in England could become a key lever for improvement.

The RSA has brought together a wide range of perspectives to explore this idea: Tracey Burns and Kristen Weatherby (OECD), Dylan Wiliam (IoE), David Weston (Teacher Development Trust), Alison Peacock (Headteacher), Tom Sherrington (Headteacher), Philippa Cordingley (CUREE), Debra Kidd (Teacher), Lorna Owen (Teacher), Charlotte Lesley (MP for Bristol North West) and Tristram Hunt (Shadow Secretary of State for Education).

The report makes five recommendations:

  1. Over time, empower a new Royal College of Teaching to introduce a teacher licensing scheme, managed through a peer-reviewed portfolio process, and involving the subject associations
  2. Build ‘capacity for disciplined innovation’ into the teacher and headteacher standards
  3. Trial Design Thinking in Initial Teacher Education and Early Professional Development
  4. Recruit more teachers with design-related degrees, and not only to teach Design and Technology
  5. Develop a new ‘creative professional development’ offer for talented teachers who commit to teaching in a school in a challenging area, which includes a ‘term out’ sabbatical