The Chairperson of the Teaching Council, Ms. Noelle Moran, welcomed the Minister for Education and Skills to his first meeting with the Council in Maynooth on Monday 2 July.
The meeting was an opportunity for the Minister and Council members to discuss matters of common interest, particularly in light of the Council’s recent approval of its Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2020.
The Minister set out his vision for education in Ireland and noted the Council’s achievements in a number of areas, including vetting of all registered teachers, the reconceptualisation of programmes of Initial Teacher Education, Fitness to Teach as well as Droichead, the new induction programme for all newly qualified teachers.
The ongoing work in teacher supply was also discussed.
Ms. Moran commented:
“As Chairperson of the Teaching Council, I was delighted to welcome the Minister to his first meeting with the Council. I believe that this engagement marked a further step forward in the constructive working relationship which the Council has with the Minister and the Department of Education and Skills. Teacher supply is one of the most critical issues facing us at the moment. I took the opportunity of our meeting to impress on the Minister our commitment to working with his Department to progress solutions that will have clear and systemic impact. The Council looks forward to further engagements with the Minister and his officials on this and other issues concerning the profession. ”
The Director, Tomás Ó Ruairc, commented:
“This meeting with the Minister and his officials was a great opportunity to outline the progress that the Council has made in progressing a culture of shared learning among the teaching profession. We also highlighted some of our key achievements in supporting quality teaching and learning, including a fully vetted teaching register, the commencement of Fitness to Teach, the new programmes of Initial Teacher Education and the growth of Droichead, the induction programme for newly qualified teachers.”