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#CCTea Live: Professional development – pathway and next steps

Helen Barker and Stephanie Burke discuss professional development and the pathway for mid career teachers.

They talk through what Chartered Teacher status is,  how this would enhance teacher development and also talk through the other professional certification programmes that the Chartered College of Teaching can offer.


  • Chartered Teacher Status is a  professional accreditation that recognises the knowledge, skills and behaviours of highly accomplished teachers and school leaders, offering a career pathway that is focused on developing and recognising high-quality teaching and leadership practice.  As a professional accreditation, Chartered Status builds on individual practice, priorities and interests and can be undertaken at your own pace, up to three years.


  • Certificate of Evidence-Informed Practice – The Certificate in Evidence-Informed Practice will support you to explore the principles of becoming evidence-informed; where to find trustworthy research and how to navigate its use. You will be introduced to some of the key education research evidence including how pupils learn, curriculum, feedback and its implications for practice.


  • Certificate in Education Research and Inquiry – The Certificate in Education Research and Inquiry has been developed specifically for practising classroom teachers and middle leaders. The content will guide you through the process of practitioner inquiry, supporting you to plan and implement a piece of evidence-informed inquiry focused on a specific area of classroom practice.


  • Development of Teaching Practice Award – This Development of Teaching Practice Award explores the development of teacher expertise and has been developed specifically for practising classroom teachers. You will identify a specific aspect of your teaching practice that you would like to develop, reflecting upon and evaluating your current practice before engaging in cycles of deliberate practice to refine your approaches and hone your expertise in your chosen area.


  • Professional Knowledge Award – The Professional Knowledge Award provides access to our three Chartered Teacher examinations and has been designed specifically for classroom teachers to demonstrate their professional knowledge in a range of areas including; teaching and learning; curriculum and assessment.


  • Recognition of Prior Certified Learning (RPCL) – RPCL provides a means by which candidates may use previous relevant qualifications and professional learning that we have formally recognised, as credit towards achieving Chartered Status.  Please see the key information document which details the qualifications you may be able to apply for exemption from and the applicable conditions.



Our Presenters

Helen Barker, Teacher Assessment Manager, Chartered College of Teaching – Helen has 15 years experience in the Primary setting, teaching across both Key Stage 1 and 2. As with any teacher in a small primary school she had many responsibilities, including being a member of the senior leadership team, leading across the key stages and also leading various curriculum areas.  Helen was part of the pilot cohort for Chartered Teacher status, which she gained in 2019.  This transformative experience led Helen to join the Chartered College of Teaching in 2021, as Teacher Assessment Manager.

Stephanie Burke, Education Project Specialist, Chartered College of Teaching Stephanie trained as a Secondary Geography teacher in 2008 at a girls’ grammar school, before moving on to teach ‘Project Based Learning’ at a mixed comprehensive school followed by promotion to Head of Geography at an independent 3-16 school.  Stephanie has held a number of school roles throughout her career, most recently as Director of Studies (Deputy Head Teacher) overseeing curriculum, professional learning, staffing, timetabling, assessment and reporting. Stephanie gained a MA in Education (Leadership and Management for Learning), a Doctorate in Education in 2019 and Chartered Teacher (Leadership) status in March 2022.  Stephanie now works for the Chartered College of Teaching as Education Project Specialist. 

Learn more about the Chartered College of Teaching

Early Career Hub – The Early Career Hub is our one-stop shop for trainee teachers, early career teachers, and those involved in supporting, coaching and mentoring those new to the profession. 

Early Childhood Hub – The Early Childhood Hub hosts content by, and for, early childhood education practitioners, with a focus on pedagogy and practice in early childhood education.

Research Hub – The Research Hub hosts summaries of academic and practitioner research as well as reports that Chartered College of Teaching members have contributed to.  You can also find a list of opportunities to participate in external research projects and access a range of tools to support you in your research engagement journey.

Video Hub – The Video Hub hosts short classroom practice videos, filmed in a variety of settings, and recorded interviews with a range of teachers, leaders and educators.  Members will also find, and be able to access, ‘on demand’ recordings of our previous webcasts and events.

Fellowship (FCCT) was established to recognise the commitment and achievements of teachers and school leaders.  It is a formal mark of their achievements, skills and expertise as a teaching professional.  Nominate a colleague for Fellowship today.

Full membership information and the benefits of being a member of the Chartered College of Teaching can be found here.