General Teaching Council Northern Ireland

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The Council

Purpose, Role and Remit GTCNI has produced a downloadable leaflet -  [PDF] Purpose, Role and Remit - outlining the work of the Council under the following headings:

  • How the Council represents you and protects the profession
  • How the Council defines professional life
  • How the Council contributes to policy
  • How the Council promotes the status of the profession
  • How the Council promotes professional development
  • The consequences if GTCNI did not exist

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About the General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland

The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) is the independent, self-regulatory body established to represent the professional interests of teachers.The Council will offer a fresh and authoritative perspective on educational issues by drawing on the experience and knowledge of teachers. It will afford teachers the opportunity to contribute to, and shape, the future development of the profession.

Council's Profile and Core Activities

Established under the auspices of the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, the Council has a membership of 33, the majority of whom are teachers. The Council is constituted as follows: 14 members are elected directly by the profession with a further 5 members nominated by the Northern Ireland Teaching Council. In addition, 10 members are nominated by broader interests within education including the Higher Education Institutions, Employing Authorities and other agencies. There are also 4 members appointed by the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.

The Council's responsibilities as set out in the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, Articles 34-41, are as follows:

- The registration of teachers;

- The development of a Code of Professional Values and Practice for the profession;

- Disciplinary functions relating to professional misconduct;

- The provision of advice to the Department of Education and Employing Authorities on:

  • The training, career development and performance management of teachers;
  • Standards of teaching;
  • Registration issues;
  • Standards of conduct for teachers; and
  • Other issues such as may be determined by the Department of Education.

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