Campaign to ‘crowd-fund’ College of Teaching reaches less than 10% of target with a day to go

A campaign to ‘crowd fund’ the new College of Teaching is on course for a disappointing failure when it closes tomorrow, TES can reveal.

It had been hoped that 1,000 donors would have signed up by the end of Thursday. But at the moment the total stands at just 204.

A financial goal of raising £250,000 will also be missed – by more than 90 per cent – as so far only £20,726 has been pledged.

It was hoped that the crowd fund would pay to release approximately 500 days of teachers’ time to help work on the new college.

As the target was not met, none of the money that was pledged will be taken, and there will be no relief for the teachers currently volunteering alongside their day jobs.

But the chair of the college, Claire Dockar, remains upbeat about its long term prospects. “Teachers want to be involved in it,” she told TES.

The crowdfunding campaign got underway in September after a survey of 13,000 teachers, commissioned by the college, found that just under a third would be willing to contribute financially to a campaign to support it.

For more on this story see Friday’s TES magazine.

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