College of Teaching calls for crowdfunding support to raise £250,000 for teachers

Thirteen founding trustees also announced today

The College of Teaching, the new independent chartered professional body for the teaching profession, has today launched a new crowdfunding and engagement platform with Hubbub at, looking to raise a quarter of a million pounds as part of a five-month campaign.

Individuals and organisations are being encouraged to give small, yet valuable, donations as part of this historic recognition scheme that gives them the opportunity to become a Founding Supporter of the College.

These pledges of support will match-fund contributions secured through charitable and philanthropic donations and pledges will only be taken through crowdfunding if the target is reached. Pledges can be made by visiting with payments accepted via credit and debit cards as well as PayPal.

The launch of the Hubbub platform coincides with the announcement of the College’s new Founding Trustee board who have been appointed to lead the future direction and governance of the organisation. The Founding Trustees – including five teachers and three headteachers – have been appointed by an independent selection committee with experience in primary, secondary and SEN from across local, independent, government-funded and direct-funded schools.

The Founding Trustees, who will meet for the first time on Saturday 3rd October in London, will play a key leadership and governance role in the creation of the College of Teaching and will be responsible for deciding strategy and engaging teachers and the wider profession, observing best practice in the running of a charity and working towards future membership of the College.

Here is the list of the 13 trustees, and you can find out more about them here

Claire Dockar
Simon Dowling
Paul Dwyer
Victoria McDowell
Malcolm Wilson

Dr Penny Barratt
Joan Deslandes
Dame Kate Dethridge

Non-teaching professionals with specialist skills
Paul Barber
Professor Sonia Blandford
Andrew de Csilléry
Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE
Kevin Kibble

Pie Corbett