The Council’s functions in relation to continuing professional development (CPD) provide that the Council will advise the Minister in relation to teachers’ CPD, promote engagement in CPD, conduct research into it and raise awareness of the benefits of teachers’ learning, among the public and teaching profession alike.
As such, the Council has developed Cosán, the National framework for teachers' learning. Cosán forms part of an overall framework of standards for all stages of teachers' learning, including initial teacher education and induction (Droichead). These standards have been designed to reassure both the profession and the wider public that teachers' learning is of high quality and is able to adapt and respond to learners' evolving needs. It has been developed following a comprehensive consultation and drafting process, and acknowledges the many ways in which teachers have told us that they learn. It thus provides a clear and accessible framework for that ongoing professional learning to be recognised, in the context of teachers' status as registered professionals. It also provides a clear context for new conversations to happen about teaching and learning, between teachers, parents, students, and all stakeholders.
Cosán is currently undergoing a development process. Find out more about this development process, or learn how you can get involved here.
The Teaching Council has developed a short video to outline key information on Cosán and the Development Process. Click below to view this video.