John O'Dowd launches GTCNI's Teacher Survey
Launch of the 'Teachers' Voice 2010' 12th October 2011
L-R (Ivan Arbuthnot (Chair, GTCNI), Barney Ball (Acting Registrar, GTCNI), John O'Dowd MLA (Education Minister), Prof John Gardner (Head of Education, QUB)
The Minister for Education, John O’Dowd addressed an audience of eminent educationalists today at the Stormont Hotel to launch ‘The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland’ (GTCNI) survey report ‘Teachers’ Voice 2010’. The Report details the most reliable and up-to-date views of teachers on a wide range of professional matters.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister said: ‘I welcome the opportunity to launch this significant report. It is important that the voice of the classroom practitioner is heard in the ongoing debate as to how our education system can best meet the needs of our children and young people.
‘I can assure those involved in producing this report that I listen very carefully to all those with a genuine interest in improving our education system. It is incumbent on all of us who make policy, whether at a political or administrative level, to ensure that the professional voice of teachers is heard and acted upon. And that is why I and officials in my Department will be carefully examining all of the findings of this report which will provide us with the basis to reflect, where necessary, on policies already in place and those currently being developed. We owe it to the teaching profession to take careful note of what the findings tell us about our education system.”
The survey respondents were represented by 40% primary schools, 32% secondary schools, 17% Grammar Schools and 4% from both special and nursery schools.
The Survey Report covers areas such as being a teacher, professional development and accountability, the school curriculum, pupil behaviour, special educational needs, teachers’ perceptions of ICT and general policy developments in education.
Encouragingly 95% of the respondents considered pupil success to be a rewarding aspect of professional life and 94% considered interacting with pupils to be a rewarding aspect of their work, although 78% considered pupil discipline problems had increased over the previous 5 years.
GTCNI’s Chairman Mr Ivan Arbuthnot commented:
‘ At a time when there is clearly a need for evidence-based policy making , this report will provide a wealth of data to inform the decision making which directly impacts on the professional lives of teachers’.
Mr Arbuthnot commended the report and urged policy makers, both political and administrative, to listen to the teachers’ voice as articulated in this report, drawing on the data sourced, covering a wide range of themes as experienced first- hand by the profession.
For further information and to download a copy of the report please visit www.gtcni.org.uk