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The Standing Committee for the Education and Training of Teachers (SCETT) was established in 1981 by the major teaching unions and professional associations. Its constituent membership is the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL); Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL); National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT); National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT); National Union of Teachers (NUT); and the University and College Union (UCU). Taken together, the constituent, associate and individual members of SCETT represent the interest of three quarters of a million teachers in supporting and developing initial teacher education and training and in all forms of continuing professional development.

Aims and Purposes

SCETT provides a forum for all the partners engaged in the education and training of teachers and in their continuing professional development, whether it be in schools, colleges of further education or in higher education institutions.

All of the professional associations representing teachers at every stage and level are in membership of SCETT, together with Training Schools, colleges and universities and other professional organisations. Individual membership is also welcomed. The SCETT committee fully reflects this breadth of experience.

SCETT is a democratic organisation. The SCETT Standing Committee is elected from its membership and decisions about its policies, activities and programme are taken collectively.

SCETT’s aims are:

  1. to initiate and contribute to the formulation of policies for teacher education and to make recommendations accordingly to the appropriate bodies; 
    to participate with appropriate bodies in discussion on matters of concern to teacher education;

  2. to promote communication and collaboration between those representatives and others involved in teacher education and the teaching profession;

  3. to encourage and initiate the promotion of research and development in teacher education.

  4. SCETT provides an annual seminar programme and conference. It draws strength from its distinctive membership which allows it to bring together a uniquely wide range of teachers, and education and training stakeholders.

Colleagues whose institutions/organisations are in membership enjoy a reduced fee level for all seminars and conferences.


Constituent Members

Association of Teachers and Lecturers



Association of School and College Leaders






National Association of Head Teachers



National Union of Teachers



National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers




To download SCETT's constitution click here