The Chartered College of Teaching has arrived. After months of preparation and a few fallen hurdles along the way, the curtain rose on our inaugural conferences in London and Sheffield in February 2017. Amongst our conferences’ presenters was respected psychologist, Professor Tanya Byron, who spoke movingly about the state of modern childhood. Speaking to an audience of teachers and educationalists, Byron highlighted disturbing statistics on the increase in mental illness amongst children and adolescents and she catalogued the problems schools recognise all too readily as affecting growing numbers of their pupils – such as self harm, eating disorders and anxiety. But she went on to say that teachers should not feel they have to shoulder these difficulties alone and she warned of the consequences for teachers’ own mental and physical health. Teacher well-being and pupil well-being are closely interconnected, she argued, and we must therefore be concerned to attend to both. This is one reason why the Chartered College of Teaching represents a vital step in the right direction for teachers because we are here to support the teaching profession in overcoming the many challenges it is currently facing.
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