Chartered College of Teaching and IRIS Connect: Delivering world-class professional learning and certification

The Chartered College of Teaching and IRIS Connect are delighted to announce their collaboration to provide a world-class learning and certification experience for teachers working towards Chartered Teacher status.

As the professional body for teachers and leaders, the Chartered College exists to connect, inform and inspire teachers to take pride in their profession and deliver the best possible education for children and young people. To support this, the Chartered College provides teachers with access to evidence of what works and the space to reflect on their learning to achieve excellence in teaching.

Historically, professional development and accreditation have missed concrete links between theory and professional skills in practice. The Chartered College of Teaching is now using digital video collaboration technology to address this challenge.

The Chartered College’s Chartered Teacher programme (CTeach) – which offers an accredited career-long professional development pathway – will now benefit from IRIS Connect’s market-leading system to support participants to capture and reflect upon authentic video of the learning in their classrooms. Over 130 participants are currently engaging in three cycles of collaborative enquiry using video as part of their broader accreditation process, in what is one of the first programmes of its type in the world.

Through the IRIS Connect platform, teachers will collaborate and refine their practice with colleagues in other schools. Participants will document this process of refinement and demonstrate their use of educational research to improve outcomes in their classrooms.

The security and privacy of its members and their pupils are key principles for the Chartered College. IRIS Connect ensures that all videos are appropriately permissioned and remain within the control of the teachers and their schools at all times, thereby adhering to the strict requirements of the forthcoming GDPR data protection standards.


What it entails

The model bridges theory and practice, which is important for teacher education (TE) and vocational education and training (VET). Furthermore, it will encourage video content creation and sharing as a rising work-life competence.

Andy Newell IRIS Connect Managing Director said of the collaboration:

“From our founding in 2008, we have believed that empowered, confident and connected teachers are stronger teachers. While video collaboration has the ability to overcome many of the barriers to effective professional learning, it’s clear that this is only a part of the picture. Only a vibrant professional body enabling collaboration at scale can truly revolutionise the profession. We are delighted to be breaking new ground with the Chartered College of Teaching and look forward to supporting them on their journey”

Cat Scutt, Director of Education and Research for the Chartered College of Teaching said:

“Our Chartered Teacher programme sits at the heart of our work to recognise the knowledge, skills, and professionalism of teachers. We are pleased to be partnering with IRIS Connect to support the delivery of this pioneering programme. Through access to their tools, we can further support our members to strengthen their professional learning, which in turn will benefit the children and young people they teach and, ultimately, the profession.”


Some key facts about IRIS Connect:

  • IRIS Connect is trusted by 2300 schools in the UK and has an active community of 80,000 teachers in 23 countries.
  • IRIS Connect adheres to the highest standards of data protection and security and is registered with the DFE cloud provider checklist.
    Teachers are in control of their videos. They decide if videos are recorded and with whom they are shared.
  • IRIS Connect is impactful; 95% of teachers report improvements to their classroom practice.

Some key facts about the Chartered College of Teaching:

  • The Chartered College of Teaching launched in 2017 with the aim to improve the quality of education for children and young people by supporting teachers, championing great teaching and raising the status of the profession.
  • Through its peer-reviewed journal, Impact, teacher-led networks, and Chartered Teacher programme the Chartered College of Teaching provides access to effective classroom and leadership practice to improve pupil outcomes.
  • The Chartered College of Teaching has almost 13,000 members from student teachers to those who have been in the profession for over ten years.


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