The Teaching Council is the professional standards body for teaching that promotes and regulates the teaching profession. It acts in the interest of the public good while upholding and enhancing the reputation of the teaching profession.
Section 31 of the Teaching Council Acts, 2001-2015 sets out the conditions for admission of new-entrant teachers to the Register of Teachers. The Council must be satisfied that a person is a fit and proper person to be admitted to the register and may seek a vetting disclosure, submissions, documentary and other evidence from the applicant.
Section 33 of the Teaching Council Acts, 2001-2015 sets out the requirements to be met for renewal of registration. The Council may seek a vetting disclosure, submissions, documentary and other evidence to enable the Council to satisfy itself that a registered teacher is a fit and proper person to have his or her registration renewed.
The Teaching Council's Evidence of Character Panel is responsible for making fit and proper person assessments. Where the Panel refuses to register an applicant for registration or to renew a teacher’s registration, or imposes conditions on the applicant's / teacher’s registration, the applicant / teacher may request the Registration Committee Review Group to review the decision of the Panel.
The Teaching Council has put in place the following documents to assist the Evidence of Character Panel and the Review Group when making fit and proper assessments.