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Publication of joint consultation response welcomed

18-06-2014

 Publication of joint consultation response welcomed

The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), the professional and regulatory body for teachers, has welcomed the publication of the joint consultation response on Proposals to Widen the Powers of the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland and Extend its Remit to Include the Further Education Sector by the Department of Education and Department for Employment and Learning.

Welcoming the joint consultation response, the GTCNI Registrar Dr Carmel Gallagher said:

“The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), as the professional body for teachers in Northern Ireland, was established more than 10 years ago to promote the highest standards of conduct and practice within the teaching profession”.

“We uphold and protect the professional status of teachers, primarily through the maintenance of the Qualified Teachers’ Register and setting out the Northern Ireland Teacher Competences.  Only individuals who meet the qualifications approved by the Council are eligible to register and teach in Northern Ireland”.

“It is our priority to enhance public trust and confidence in the teaching profession by promoting greater understanding of the complex nature of teaching and delivering our statutory responsibilities and the excellence that exists within our classrooms.” 

The Consultation responses revealed that the majority of the respondents agreed that teaching staff in schools and the FE Sector should be subject to independent regulation.  Ministers propose to carry forward the current functions of the Council into the new legislation with extended powers relating to fitness to teach.  This will contribute to the Ministers’ aims of increasing the professionalism of the teaching workforce and driving up standards in our schools and colleges.

  The Registrar concluded:

“We look forward to working with both government departments and all educational stakeholders and will particularly be working to enhance the public understanding of the teaching and lecturing profession.” 

 

 

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