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Celebrating the Teaching Profession


Celebrating the Teaching Profession

Registrar and Minister for Education

Teachers and other educationalists are today celebrating a significant milestone for the profession with the launch, by the General Teaching Council, of a new publication called 'Teaching: the Reflective Profession'. The document, drawn up in collaboration with a wide range of educational partners, not only explains the Teaching Council's views on the purposes of education but sets out in a clear manner the knowledge, skills and attributes required by those seeking recognition and registration as teachers.

The publication which will be distributed to all 27,000 registered teachers in Northern Ireland will be launched by the Education Minister, Caítriona Ruane at the Europa Hotel. Ms Marion Matchett, the Chief Inspector for schools, will also be addressing the invited guests.

Eddie McArdle, the Registrar of GTCNI commented "During a period of unprecedented change within education it is important that we remember that all change is effectively delivered by those in the classroom, namely our teachers. It is only by empowering and supporting teachers that we can deliver the world class education that our young people need and deserve. This document will not only inform the work of those engaged in teacher education but will enable teachers, collectively or individually, to reflect on their practice and identify their development needs.
He went on to state:
"We as teachers have not always been as successful as other professions in articulating the complex nature of the work we engage in hopefully this document will go some way to remedying that situation".

In welcoming the publication of the document Mrs Sally McKee the Chairperson of GTCNI stated: "It has long been recognised that we in Northern Ireland are well served by dedicated professionals who always conscientiously strive to meet the needs of those placed in their care. We hope that this publication will support teachers in their endeavours as they prepare our young people to succeed and prosper in an increasingly challenging world."


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