The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland is the statutory, independent body for the teaching profession and is dedicated to enhancing the status of teaching and promoting the highest standards of professional conduct and practice.
As the self regulatory professional body for teachers the Council has a statutory duty determining who should be a member of the teaching profession in Northern Ireland.
In accordance with this statutory remit the Council is developing currently its regulatory processes. When fully developed, these procedures will be based on current best regulatory practice which has been established by the Government's Principles of Good Regulation (Better Regulation Task Force 2003).
The taskforce identifies five characteristics for better regulation;
In addition all regulatory systems must be fair, effective, and affordable and enjoy a broad degree of public confidence. The Council is committed to developing a professional regulatory system which complies with all current guidelines.