Teacher Education

Group Consultation Sessions

The impact of reconceptualised programmes of Initial Teacher Education in Ireland

The Teaching Council initiated an Impact Consultation Exercise (ICE) in 2017 to assess the impact of the reconceptualised programmes of Initial Teacher Education programmes as experienced at individual, school, and system levels.

ICE was carried out in line with the Council’s intention to review the Strategy for the Review and Accreditation of Programmes of Initial Teacher Education (2011), and, the Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers (2011).

The findings of the Impact Consultation Exercise suggest a number of key areas that require further discussion:

  • Programme Structure/Mandatory Areas
  • School Placement & Gaeltacht Experience
  • Research & Portfolios

The Council will convene Group Consultation Sessions in Autumn 2018 to discuss the impact of changes to programmes of Initial Teacher Education, focusing on the areas outlined above. The findings from the ICE report, your feedback, as well as related school placement research and DES publications will be utilised in the redrafting of Initial Teacher Education standards documents.

Four consultation sessions will be held as outlined below with specific locations confirmed closer to the time:

Group Consultation Sessions

Tuesday,    4 September 2018           (Dublin region)

Thursday,  6 September 2018            (Dublin region)

Tuesday,   11 September 2018          (Southern region)

Thursday, 13 September 2018          (Western region)


If you would like to attend any of the sessions listed above, please send an email expressing your interest and regional preference to info@teachingcouncil.ie  with the subject line: ICE Group Consultation.

The Continuum of Teacher Education

As the professional body for teaching in Ireland, the Teaching Council has many functions relating to teacher education.  These functions span the entire teaching career from entry to initial teacher education programmes, accreditation of such programmes, and induction of newly qualified teachers into the profession, to the continuing professional development of teachers throughout their careers.

Following a consultation process, the Council has published its Policy Paper on the Continuum of Teacher Education and a suite of ancillary documents. This provides the framework for the Council's functions relating to teacher education.