Notice of Election
Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Teaching Council Act 2001 and the Teaching Council (Election of Members) Regulations 2023 an election of
(i) nine registered teachers employed in, or qualified to teach in, Recognised Primary Schools and
(ii) seven registered teachers employed in, or qualified to teach in, Recognised Post-primary Schools
to be a member / member of the Teaching Council is about to be held.
The Electoral Roll, which is comprised of teachers whose name is on the Register at 5pm on 30 September, 2023 will be made available for inspection by Eligible Teachers on the Teaching Council Website on 22 November 2023.
Any Eligible Teacher who wishes to request an amendment to the Electoral Roll may do so by applying in writing to the Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications to amend the Electoral Roll will close on 20 December 2023 and must be accompanied by a valid email address for the Eligible Teacher in order to facilitate the Returning Officer in communicating with the Eligible Teacher regarding their request to amend the Electoral Roll and in order to advise them, where necessary, as to the taking of a Poll.
Nomination papers (to be a candidate for election) and further details of the election may be obtained from the Teaching Council’s website, www.teachingcouncil.ie, or on application to the undersigned at the offices of the Teaching Council, Block A, Maynooth Business Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, W23 Y7X0.
Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the said offices on or before 11am 30 January 2024, in accordance with Regulation 8.
The Returning Officer will attend to receive nominations at the said offices between the hours of 10am and 11am on the 30 January 2024, in accordance with Regulation 8.
If the number of Candidates nominated exceeds the number of positions available, the period during which the Returning Officer may receive votes will expire on 12 March 2024.
Dated this 28th day of November 2023.
The Council has 37 members, 16 of whom are elected, registered teachers. The term of office for the current elected registered teachers comes to an end in April 2024. The election for new teacher members will be held in February/March 2024.
In accordance with the Teaching Council (Election of Members) Regulations 2023, the Electoral Roll, comprising teachers whose name was on the Register at 5pm on 30 September 2023 has been established.
A condensed version of the Electoral Roll, containing the name, teacher registration number and electoral category (including geographical constituency) has been published below in multiple searchable HTML pages on the basis of surname.
We encourage all teachers to check their allocated Category and Constituency on the roll to ensure it is correct.
Amendments to the Electoral Roll
If you wish to request an amendment to the Electoral Roll, in relation to omission and/or electoral category (including geographical constituency), you may do so by completing the Request for Amendment to the Electoral Roll form.
Completed forms may be sent by email using the subject ‘Amendments to the Electoral Roll’ to: email@example.com
or by post to:
Electoral Roll Amendments,
The Teaching Council,
Block A, Maynooth Business Campus,
Applications to amend the Electoral Roll will close on 20 December 2023 and must be accompanied by a valid email address in order to facilitate the Returning Officer in communicating with the Eligible Teacher regarding their request to amend the Electoral Roll.
Pursuant to Clause 7 of the Teaching Council (Election of Members) Regulations 2023, the Returning Officer shall have sole and absolute discretion, but no obligation, to amend the Electoral Roll.
Voting will be open from 22 February 2024 to noon on 12 March 2024. Voting will, once again, take place online. We hope that this will encourage more teachers to vote by making it quick and easy.
You can vote securely on any device – PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. We will issue instructions via email in February to all teachers on the electoral roll prior to the commencement of voting.
The results of the election will be announced as soon as possible after the election has closed and the new Council members will be formally appointed by the Minister for Education soon after.
Work of the Teaching Council
The Teaching Council is the regulator of the teaching profession in Ireland. It is dedicated to promoting and regulating excellence in the teaching profession. This is done through the statutory registration of teachers, ensuring a highly qualified teaching profession, whose members meet and uphold high standards of professional competence and conduct.
The Teaching Council’s primary functions include (and are not limited to):
- Responsibility for maintaining a register of qualified and vetted teachers in Ireland. This ensures that teachers meet the necessary qualification, standards, competencies, and character requirements for registration.
- Establishing and upholding high standards for teachers in Ireland through fitness to teach processes. The Council establishes standards across the entire career span for teachers including guidelines and codes related to their professional conduct, knowledge, skill, and competence.
- Ensuring the quality of initial teacher education programmes provided by higher education institutions in Ireland. This includes review and accreditation processes to maintain high standards of initial teacher education, which in turn contributes to the quality of teaching and learning in the country.
- Establishing standards to guide and support induction processes that are required on a statutory basis and promoting lifelong learning for registered teachers. This sets systematic benchmarks supporting the early stages of teacher’s career and encourages continuing professional learning throughout their career.
- Commissioning and conducting research, using data and evidence to inform decision making and policy development. This provides evidence-based recommendations and contribute to discussions on educational policies, practices, and reforms, with the intention of ensuring high standards in the teaching profession.
The Council promotes effective regulation in the public interest. This is done for a school system of over 120,000 registered teachers, almost 4,000 schools and pupils and learners across primary, post-primary and further education sectors.
Committees and Panels of the Teaching Council
The Council has 37 members of whom 16 of these are registered teachers who are elected by teachers, 16 are nominated by various bodies specified in the Teaching Council Acts, 2001-2015, and five are nominated by the Minister. All 37 are appointed by the Minister.
In order to facilitate its work, the Council has established a number of committees, groups and panels. Details of the functions of each of these are set out below.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Council has 5 scheduled meetings and three additional days dedicated to governance training.
The Executive Committee facilitates the efficient and effective functioning of the Council. Its functions are set out in Section 26 of the Teaching Council Acts 2001, as amended. In addition to its legislative functions the Executive Committee have oversight of the promotion of the profession, the Council communication strategy and proposed legislative amendments.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the committee has 5 scheduled meetings.
The Council or any person may apply to the Investigating Committee for an inquiry into the fitness to teach of a registered teacher where:
- The teacher has failed to comply with or has contravened the Teaching Council Act, 2001, the Education Act, 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, the VEC Acts, 1930 to 1999, or any regulation, rules or orders made under those Acts
- The teacher’s behaviour constitutes professional misconduct as defined by the Teaching Council Act, 2001
- The Teacher’s registration is erroneous due to a false or fraudulent declaration or misrepresentation or
- She or he is medically unfit to teach.
The Council will not routinely become involved in day-to-day contractual or disciplinary matters, or in hearing complaints which can be more appropriately dealt with at local level.
When it is deemed appropriate to do so, the Committee will refer an application to the Disciplinary Committee.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the committee has 10 scheduled meetings.
A panel of the Disciplinary Committee will conduct a hearing on a complaint referred to it by the Investigating Committee. This hearing is conducted in accordance with Section 43 and Schedule 3 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001, and the associated rules and procedures which have been drawn up by the Council. Based on the hearing, the panel may make a finding of unfitness to teach, or it may dismiss the application. The panel makes its report to the Disciplinary Committee.
Where a finding of ‘unfitness to teach’ is reached, the Committee applies an appropriate sanction which may involve withdrawal of registration on a temporary or permanent basis or continuing registration subject to a number of conditions.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Disciplinary Committee has 5 scheduled meetings.
The committee will advise the Council and make recommendations in the following areas:
- Standards of entry to the teaching profession – The requirements for entry to programmes of initial teacher education in the State.
- Practice of teaching – The review of standards of knowledge, skills and competence required for the practice of teaching.
- Teaching qualifications – Including the development of criteria and procedures for review and accreditation.
- New entrant induction – Matters relating to the induction of new members to the profession.
- Liaison and consultation with the Registration Committee – in respect of bullets 2, 3 and 4 above.
- Teachers’ learning (CPD) – the promotion of the professional learning of teachers and the review and accreditation of programmes of professional learning (CPD) in accordance with section 39 (when commenced) of the Acts.
- Codes of Professional Conduct – The drafting and review of codes of professional conduct for teachers, in collaboration with the Investigating and Disciplinary Committees. The committee will be particularly cognizant of the Council’s obligations under section 7.2. of the Acts.
- Research – The development, implementation and review of the Council’s research strategy.
- Approve the use of professional expertise from time to time, to assist the Qualifications Panel and the review and accreditation process.
The committee has also been delegated authority by Council to prepare submissions and reports on educational issues in line with agreed Council policy.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Education Committee has 6 scheduled meetings.
The Registration Committee advises the Council and makes recommendations in all areas relating to the registration of teachers by the Council. This work includes advising and making recommendations on:
- The regulations governing registration
- The processes for implementing such regulations
- The process used for the review of panel decisions
- The composition and terms of reference of Primary and Post-primary Applications Panels and the Evidence of Character Panel
- The appointment of assessors to assist the Applications Panels and the Review of Decision process
- Advising the council on the form of certification to be issued
- Criteria and guidance for the assessment of qualifications for registration purposes
- Issues relating to Evidence of Character and probation.
In addition, the Registration Committee, acting on behalf of the Council, reviews registration application decisions made by the Primary and Post-primary Applications Panels and the Evidence of Character Panel, where so requested by the applicant. It does this in accordance with the Review of Decision process adopted by the Council.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Registration Committee has 5 scheduled meetings.
The Finance Committee oversees the Council’s financial affairs including the preparation of the annual budget, the ongoing monitoring of income and expenditure and the Council’s general administrative arrangements.
Its functions include:
- Reviewing and reporting on the financial affairs of the Council
- Considering the annual budget
- Reviewing actual income and expenditure against the budget at regular specified intervals during the annual budget cycle and ensuring a revised budget is prepared where necessary
- Supervising the disbursement of funds
- Reviewing and making recommendations with respect to the Council’s fees
- Liaising with and preparing accounts for the auditors.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Finance Committee has 5 scheduled meetings.
The Audit and Risk Committee evaluate the effectiveness of the Teaching Council’s internal control procedures, including the internal audit function.
Its responsibilities include:
- Financial reporting
- Risk management arrangements
- The Council’s system of internal control
- Internal and external audit functions
- Financial reporting
- Protected disclosures
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Audit Committee has 5 scheduled meetings.
The Registration panel consists of seven members and meet once a month to consider extension request forms submitted by teachers who are seven years or more on the register and who have not addressed their condition(s). The Head of Registration can also refer teachers to the Registration Panel.
The Panel can extend, defer, or refuse to grant an extension of time based on the extension request form the teacher has submitted along with their supporting documentation.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Registration Panel has 12 scheduled meetings.
The Panel assesses the professional qualifications of teacher applicants in cases where the qualifications are obtained outside the Irish State.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Qualifications Panel has 12 scheduled meetings.
The Council’s Evidence of Character Panel assesses the Evidence of Character of applicants seeking to register as teachers with the Council. It does so in line with guidelines which have been approved by the Council.
Where the Panel decides that an applicant’s evidence of character renders her/him unsuitable for registration purposes, the Panel will notify the applicant of its decision, the reasons for that decision and the courses of action open to the applicant at that point. The Panel then prepares a report for the attention of the Registration Committee.
In the 2023/2024 academic year the Evidence of Character Panel has 12 scheduled meetings.
Commitment from Council members
- All 37 members are appointed for a term of up to four years by the Minister. Elected teachers and the five Ministerial nominees (including the ICTU and IBEC nominees) will be appointed for a term of four years (2024-2028). The remaining nominees were appointed in 2022 for a term of four years (2022-2026).
- Meetings of the Council and committees may be scheduled for the first half of the week (Monday or Tuesday. The calendar of meetings for the 2024/2025 academic year will be provided to Council at the March meeting. Membership of the Council requires a significant time commitment. Members are expected to attend six meetings of Council each academic year and an additional three days of ongoing learning & development. In addition, members will be nominated to two committees, with an additional 12 – 20 meeting days per year depending on the committee. Additional reading time for papers will be required before all meetings.
- Members will be required to devote as much time to their duties as necessary for the proper and efficient discharge of their duties. This will include time in preparation for Council/Committee meetings and attending and preparing for committee meetings, stakeholder events and other ad hoc meetings as required. By being nominated for election for the position it is assumed that you can meet this time commitment.
- Council members are subject to disclosure of interests requirements under section 57 of the Act and disclosure of information requirements under Section 58 of the Act. In addition, Council members are required to comply with the requirements of the Ethics in Public Office Acts, which apply to public bodies.
- The Council comes within the remit of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (as published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform). This Code includes a description of the role and responsibilities of board members.
- The Council, committees and Director work within the terms of The Code of Practice for Council Members, Chairperson, Director and Secretary, which is available on the here. This is the Council’s key corporate governance document.
- There are no fees or allowances payable for serving as a member of the Council. Substitution arrangements are in place for members who are serving teachers. Travel and subsistence expenses are paid for travel costs necessarily incurred by members in the course of their Teaching Council duties. These are paid in line with Department of Finance circulars.