Guidance information

The Council of the Chartered College of Teaching plays a significant role in guarding the vision, setting the strategy and long-term direction of the Chartered College, and evaluating performance against targets. It also supports the Chartered College’s Executive Leadership Team.

Would you like to play a part in raising the status of the teaching profession and help teachers to provide the best possible education for children and young people?

The nomination process for the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching runs from 09:00 Monday 27th September 2021 to 13:00 on Friday 22nd October 2021.

How can I stand for election?

Before starting the process of standing for election, you need to be confident that you meet all of the eligibility criteria. You should, therefore, read the responsibilities of the Council, person specifications and rules on disqualifications.

All Members and Fellows are able to stand for election (this includes Members who pay the Early Career Teacher subscription rate). As defined in the Royal Charter, Student Members and Affiliates (Historical, Professional and International) are not able to stand for election.

You can stand for election by completing and submitting all applicable sections of the electronic nomination form online by 13:00 on Friday 22nd October 2021. This includes your nomination being proposed by another Member or Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching (also by 13:00 on Friday 22nd October 2021). To access the nomination form you must register and create a profile on this website.

Why do nominees need to be proposed this year and who can propose a nominee?

The proposal process was introduced following feedback from the 2018 elections. All nominees will need to be proposed. Proposers must be a Member or Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Standing for Council - what’s expected of a Council member?

The Chartered College of Teaching – the professional body for teachers – is a member-led organisation. We want Members and Fellows to be the guardians of our vision, to provide strategic direction and safeguard the reputation and values of the College. If you’ve got the commitment, energy and enthusiasm to support us on our journey, please consider standing for election to the Council.

Read the responsibilities of the Council plus further information on the work of the Chartered College of Teaching.

You will be expected to declare your interests to the Chartered College and, where you could have a conflict of interest or a perceived conflict of interest, you will remove yourself from any discussions relating to this.

Decisions about the Chartered College of Teaching require access to sensitive information. Confidentiality is an important part of being a Council member.

If you feel you have the skills and experience to fill the role of a Council member, we encourage you to stand for election.

Why get involved?

Council members set the strategic priorities for the Chartered College and make sure members’ subscriptions are used for maximum impact. It is an important job with a real impact and we need Council members with the right balance of ideas, skills and experience.

What do Council members do?

The purpose of the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching is to provide governance for the organisation. The Council:
  • ensures that the Chartered College of Teaching complies with its Charter and Bye laws, charity law and any other relevant legislation or regulations
  • ensures that the Chartered College of Teaching pursues its objects as defined in the Charter and Bye laws
  • ensures that the Chartered College of Teaching applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects
  • ensures that the Chartered College of Teaching is financially stable
  • safeguards the reputation and values of the Chartered College of Teaching
  • has a clear strategic direction, goals and targets, and evaluates performance against agreed targets.
There are committees which report to the Council, covering areas such as finance and risk, membership, education and research, and the constitutional matters. Council members may be asked to join one of the committees. Please read the ‘Responsibilities of the Council’ document for further information.

What skills and experience do I need?

As the governing body of the professional body for teachers and leaders, all Council members should have some previous exposure to or experience of governance, strongly support the aims of the College and share the vision for a professional body for the teaching profession.

What is the minimum time commitment?

Council members are expected to attend an induction session prior to the first Council meeting and attend up to four Council meetings per year (usually three Saturday Council meetings and one mid-week twilight meeting), which are held either virtually or at the Chartered College of Teaching office in London. Council meetings last for three hours. Council members are also expected to attend the Annual General Meeting, which takes place on a Saturday between October and December. Council members may claim travel expenses within the United Kingdom for attending Council meetings in person.

How long are the terms of elected Council members?

The terms of the six Council members and Vice President up for election in 2021 are for four years.

Will I be paid for being a Council member?

Council members are volunteers. However, the Chartered College reimburses members for travel and expenses in line with the Chartered College of Teaching’s expenses policy.

How are the elections run?

UK Engage is the independent agency appointed to manage the election process. They are providing technical support for this website and for your nomination, as required. See the contacts page for details. UK Engage will also be conducting candidate eligibility checks for all nominations.

How do Council members get elected?

Our Council and the Vice President (Policy Development and Advocacy) are elected by a ballot of all Members and Fellows held under the Single Transferable Vote (STV). The result of the ballot will be announced at the College’s AGM on Saturday 4th December 2021. Newly elected Council members and the Vice President (Policy Development and Advocacy) will commence their roles on Saturday 4th December 2021 once the election results are announced. In the 2021 elections there are six Council member and one Vice President positions up for election.

The Council is made up of 12 – 27 elected or appointed members (of which elected members shall be a majority as per Bye law 14). This includes the President, Treasurer, Vice President (People Development and Advocacy), Vice President (Policy Development and Advocacy) and President-Elect. The Treasurer and President-Elect are appointed roles.

What happens after I submit my nomination?

You must ensure that all sections of your nomination form are completed by 13:00 on Friday 22nd October 2021. This includes your nomination being proposed. After the nomination process closes, the eligibility of all nominees will be checked according to the eligibility criteria. Nominees whose eligibility is confirmed will be candidates in the election process.

Why am I unable to submit a postal nomination?

Using a secure website for the elections enhances the security and reliability of the election process. It is also the Chartered College’s policy to minimise spending whenever possible, and the costs of printing and postage are significant.

If I am successful and am voted as a Council member, will I receive any training?

Council members will receive an induction covering professional, leadership and governance issues to develop new and existing skills. Pre-recorded online training is also available for financial and GPDR matters.

How do I provide feedback or make a complaint?

The Chartered College of Teaching is committed to fair and transparent processes and procedures. We welcome feedback so that we can improve the process in subsequent years.

Complaints about any aspect of the election process will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. Complaints and other feedback should be made in writing to the Returning Officer at

Is the nomination form available in other accessible forms?

If you require the nomination form in large print or Braille please contact

What if I have other questions that are not answered in the content on this website?

If you are an election candidate or are thinking of nominating yourself for the election and you have questions that are not answered on this website, you are welcome to contact us here. You may also contact the Returning Officer at Details are provided on the Contacts page.

Inclusivity statement

The Council of the Chartered College of Teaching particularly welcomes applications from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee), LGBT and disabled communities as the Council would like to improve representation from these backgrounds. The Chartered College of Teaching is committed to furthering equality, diversity and inclusion across our organisation and this is being addressed by the Council, leadership and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion group.