The Council’s functions in relation to the continuing professional development (CPD) of teachers are set out in Sections 7(2)(h) and 39 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001. This provides that the Council will “advise the Minister in relation to…the professional development of teachers”.
Under the Act, the Council promotes this development and conducts research into it. It encourages understanding of the benefits of CPD, among the public and teaching profession alike.The Council reviews and accredits relevant programmes. It also performs other related functions as may be assigned by the Minister.
Although not yet commenced by the Minister for Education and Skills, the Council’s commitment to the continuing professional development of teachers is in evidence across all of its functions. Of particular relevance are its research bursary schemes.
Further information in relation to the Council's policy on CPD is set out in its Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education.
Click here for the Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education.