The Teaching Council launches FÉILTE 2019

Feilte Launch

The Teaching Council launches FÉILTE 2019 - “Education 360: Learning from Others”

FÉILTE – the largest educational event in Ireland takes place at NUIG, 27th & 28th September.

Keynote speakers include Irish and international experts in education, Minister for Education & Skills Joe McHugh TD, Professor Andy Hargreaves plus Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh, Ireland Rugby Captain and Teacher Ciara Griffin, Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and The Children’s Ombudsman, Niall Muldoon, among many others.

The Teaching Council announces a Teachers’ Collaboration Award in association with DCU’s Teachers Inspire Ireland initiative.

Monday 26th August, 2019 - The Teaching Council has launched details of FÉILTE - the largest annual educational event in Ireland celebrating the wonderful work that teachers do every day in their classrooms, taking place this year in NUI Galway on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September.

FÉILTE will be formally opened by Education and Skills Minister Joe McHugh T.D. on Saturday morning 28th September.

It provides a unique platform for teachers to share innovative teaching and learning and network with each other and the public. The event is open both to teachers and the general public and will welcome over 800 delegates and attendees. Tickets are now on general release and available at www.teachingcouncil.ie.

Two hundred teachers will have the exclusive opportunity to attend a riverside barbeque on Friday evening and share stories with the world renowned educationalist Professor Andy Hargreaves.

Opening performances will be provided by students of the new BA Music degree at NUI Galway on Saturday morning.

Andy Hargreaves will deliver an opening keynote address and will share insights in conversation with Dr. Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

FÉILTE will also host a showcase exhibition of 50 examples of excellence in teaching, along with interactive workshops and case studies of collaborative teaching engagements based around this year’s theme of “Education 360: Learning from Others”. The 50 showcase examples have been chosen from over 150 applicants and are exemplary of the highest standards of excellence and professionalism in teaching practice. This year saw the highest level of applications ever for the showcase exhibition at FÉILTE which is now in its seventh year.

Innovation within teaching and learning is core to the FÉILTE experience. Teachers involved in research will have the opportunity to share and discuss findings with their peers at FÉILTE’s unique ‘ResearchMeet’ session. ‘StudentMeet’ sees a panel of principals and newly qualified teachers offering advice to student teachers. School leaders can also gather at ‘LeadershipMeet’, facilitated by the Centre for School Leadership, and attendees can find out the stories behind the showcases at Showcasers’ Stories.

Teachers Inspire Ireland

The Teaching Council also announced that a special collaborative award will take place at a gala dinner on 27th September to celebrate teachers and to recognise the transformative role they play in our communities and society. The Teachers’ Collaboration Award will be presented to one of the teams of teachers showcasing at FÉILTE in association with Teachers Inspire, the Ireland-wide initiative established and led by Dublin City University. This particular award aims to recognise excellence in collaboration between teachers across Ireland.

Joe McHugh TD, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “FÉILTE is one of the highlights of the academic year where it creates a forum to celebrate the professionalism, high standards and contribution of teachers to children, families, students and communities throughout Ireland. It also encapsulates the vision of the profession to continue evolving this contribution through collaborative sharing of best practice, research and experiences, which is of benefit to teachers at all stages of their careers, while also providing the public with a direct insight into the world of teaching. I look forward to attending and joining in the proceedings in Galway.”

Noelle Moran, Chairperson of The Teaching Council, said: “During the past year the Teaching Council has welcomed over 4,000 additional teachers onto its register, bringing to over 102,700 the number of teachers now registered in Ireland. This is a testament to continued commitment to teaching as a vocation and career and to the work of the Teaching Council in supporting and promoting the profession, whether that is through our popular FÉILTE event or our continuing professional development programmes which support teachers right from the start and throughout their professional careers.”

Tomás Ó Ruairc, Director of The Teaching Council, added: “All of our activity is focused on upholding, enhancing and supporting standards in the teaching profession and this is most tangibly evident in the continuing success of FÉILTE. Collaboration and the sharing of insights provide an important theme for us this year where, by working and developing together, the profession will continue to evolve for the benefit not only of teachers but our entire society and country.”

FÉILTE (the Festival of Education in Learning and Teaching Excellence) gives teachers the opportunity to collaborate and share their work with each other and with the wider public. In addition to workshops and collaborative events, two panel discussions will look in depth at important aspects of teaching today. Aoibhinn Ní Shuilleabháin will chair a ‘Leaders in the Community’ discussion featuring Pat McDonagh, entrepreneur and owner of Supermacs; Ciara Griffin, a teacher and the captain of the Irish ladies’ rugby team; and Éimhín Craddock, teacher and leader of the Drumadore Drummers. The festival will close with a panel discussion on ‘Inclusive Education’ led by Katherine O’Leary (dairy farmer, mother, journalist and a home economics teacher in a special school in Cork) who will be joined by the Ombudsman for Children, Niall Muldoon, along with other voices in inclusive education.

The Teaching Council is the professional standards body for the teaching profession, which promotes and regulates professional standards in teaching.