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Leading Education Academic Addressed GTCNI's First Annual Lecture


Pictured at the First Annual Lecture (left) Professor Geoff Whitty, University of London and Eddie McArdle Registrar of GTCNIThe body that represents Northern Ireland's teaching profession has been charged with developing a concept of 'democratic professionalism'.

Speaking at the first Annual Lecture of The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI), leading educational academic Professor Geoff Whitty, Director of the Institute of Education at University of London challenged those present to consider "the changing nature of professionalism, in a world characterised by ever accelerating social and political change."

According to the Registrar of the GTCNI, Eddie McArdle, the lecture marked a key development for the body which has been established since 2002: "In bringing together a distinguished audience representing all aspects of the education service the lecture offered a very unique insight into how politics and society has impacted on the profession of teaching - and on possible implications for the future."

Congratulating Professor Whitty on his thought-provoking lecture, Chairman of the Council, Eddie Ferguson, commented: "As we approach the end of the current Council's term of office, and with the imminent Council Election fast approaching in May, the timing of the Annual Lecture is ideal, marking a significant milestone for the GTCNI. It also clearly demonstrates our commitment to facilitating debate and dialogue on professional issues."

A DVD of the lecture will be available on the GTCNI website ( and copies of the paper will be available on request.

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