Voting


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. They also support the Chartered College’s Executive Leadership Team. The Council comprises:

  • The President (elected to Council and from 2022 appointed to role)
  • President-Elect (from 2022, appointed)
  • Treasurer (appointed)
  • Vice President (People Development and Advocacy, elected)
  • Vice President (Policy Development and Advocacy, elected)
  • Between 12 and 27 elected and appointed Council members including the Officers above, of which a majority shall be elected as defined in Bye Law 14.
In the 2021 elections there are the Vice President (Policy Development and Advocacy) and six elected Council member positions open for election. Please use your vote to help elect an effective Council of the Chartered College of Teaching.

Am I eligible to vote in the Chartered College of Teaching Council elections and if so how many votes will I have?

All Members and Fellows are able to vote in the elections (this includes Members who pay the Early Career Teacher subscription rate). Associates and Affiliates (this includes Historical, Professional and International Affiliates) are not able to vote. UK Engage will send each Member and Fellow a Unique Security Code (USC) which must be used to vote. If you do not receive this, please contact support@uk-engage.org.

Why can't Affiliates and Student Members vote in the election?

Bye law 2 (ii) of the Chartered College of Teaching refers to the non-voting individual supporters of the College, including Associates and Affiliates. The Membership Handbook states that ‘Affiliates, Students and Associates are non-voting members of the Chartered College.’ This includes Historical, Professional and International Affiliates.

How can I vote?

UK Engage has been appointed to run the election process on behalf of the Chartered College of Teaching. All votes will be cast online through this website on the electronic voting page. There will be no postal voting.

The online poll opens at 09:00 on Thursday 4th November 2021 and will close at 17:00 on Friday 26th November 2021. Before voting, please read the candidate statements for each contest. Please note that, once submitted, votes cannot be amended.

Why am I unable to submit a postal vote?

It is the Chartered College of Teaching’s policy to minimise spending whenever possible to protect funds for charitable purposes and safeguard income from members, and the costs of printing and postage are significant. Using a secure website for the elections enhances the security and reliability of the election process.

I've paid for my membership but haven't received an email.

You should have received an email from UK Engage with your Unique Security Code. Please check your spam folder if you have not received this in your inbox. If you cannot find the email, please contact support@uk-engage.org.

I’ve just joined the Chartered College as a member – when will I receive my email?

The Chartered College will send UK Engage details of new members in batches up until 22nd November 2021 and so the deadline for new members to join and be able to vote is 18:00 on 21st November 2021. You will receive the email from UK Engage with your Unique Security Code as soon as UK Engage receives this information. Members who join after this point will not be able to vote in the 2021 election.

How do the votes determine the winners?

The voting method used in the election of the Vice President and the Council of the Chartered College of Teaching is Single Transferable Vote (STV). h4>What happens if a post is uncontested? If there are fewer candidates than positions available, then the Returning Officer will declare at the AGM that the candidates are elected.

What if I don’t want to vote for any candidates?

Voters have the option to actively abstain from voting.

For how long will elected Council members hold office?

The six Council members and one Vice President position up for election in 2021 will hold office for a term of four years.

How do I provide feedback or make a complaint?

The Chartered College of Teaching is committed to fair and transparent processes and procedures, and welcomes 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 returningofficer@chartered.college.

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

If 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 returningofficer@chartered.college.  Details are provided on the Contacts page.

What is different about the 2021 elections?

In 2021, for the first time, Council members will be elected for a term of four years (rather than three). Elections will now also take place on a two-yearly cycle (rather than annually), with the next elections being held in 2023. This has been made possible by the changes to the Chartered College’s Bye laws, which were recently voted for by our members and approved by the Privy Council. The changes are essential for good governance and will enable us to operate more effectively for the benefit of our members.