GTCNI Privacy Notice








Protecting your personal information

The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) is the statutory professional, registration and regulatory body for teachers in Northern Ireland. We are committed to respecting and protecting the information we collect, hold and use.

GTCNI already has robust internal processes and controls covering data management, access and retention that are compliant with Data Protection legislation. These have been reviewed and updated to ensure they comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The GDPR sets out how organisations, including the GTCNI, should hold, control and process personal information (personal data) and gives more rights to individuals (data subjects).

How we use your information

This privacy notice tells you what to expect when we collect personal information. It applies to:

The categories of personal data processed by GTCNI include:

GTCNI will only process Special Category Personal Data, where it is necessary and for the original purpose for which it was obtained, in line with the requirements of the GDPR.

GTCNI's legal basis for processing personal information

As the statutory professional, registration and regulatory body for teachers in Northern Ireland, GTCNI collect, hold and use personal information (data) on the basis of our legal obligation, as set out in legislation, including: 

The personal data we hold is obtained for specific purposes, set out in legislation, and we will not use it for any other purpose.

Data Protection

GTCNI take appropriate technical and organisational measures against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of or damage to personal data. We will ensure that appropriate security measures are in place to ensure that personal data can only be accessed by those who need to access it and that it is held and transferred securely. 

If you would like further information about any aspect of our Data Protection procedures you can contact the GTCNI’s Data Protection Officer:

Mr Gerard Devlin
Data Protection Officer
General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland
Albany House
73-75 Great Victoria Street
Belfast, BT2 7AF
Telephone: 028 9033 3390
Email: [email protected]

Sharing information 

We will share personal information with third parties where required to do so by law. This may include sharing personal information with the Department of Education, employers, the police and other teaching regulators in the UK and EU, for example, to support GTCNI’s statutory role as a regulator where our legal basis for controlling and processing this information is set out in legislation. We may also share information about the teaching profession as whole with a number of organisations including the Department of Education but only as aggregate information where it is not possible to identify individuals. 

Data Subject Rights

The GDPR strengthens the rights of individuals with respect to personal data, including:

Any request to us about personal information we may hold about you should be made, in writing, to our Data Protection Officer.

The Right to withdraw consent

A teacher wishing to teach in a grant-aided school in Northern Ireland must register with GTCNI. Individuals cannot withdraw consent to provide this information if they wish to teach in a grant-aided school in Northern Ireland. 

Data Retention

GTCNI will only retain your data for as long as necessary. Our data retention policy governs the handling, retention and disposal for all personal data and ensures a consistent approach to the maintenance and retention of accurate records for appropriate periods of time to satisfy GTCNI’s statutory, contractual, legal, financial and operational requirements.

Information Commissioner’s Office

As a data controller, GTCNI has been registered with the Information Commissioner, Registration No. Z7182666, since April 2003, and our registration can be viewed on the Commissioner’s website:

Further information about data protection regulations is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Northern Ireland
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place
Belfast BT7 2JB
Telephone: 028 9027 8757 or 0303 123 11
Email: [email protected]

Our website

When someone visits our website we collect standard internet log information. We do this to monitor the number of visitors to the various parts of the site but in a way which does not identify any individual. We do not currently use a third party provider (such as Google Analytics) although we do use cookies, and we will amend this privacy notice if this changes.

We will make it clear when we collect personal information and we will explain what we intend to do with it.

How we use cookies 

Most web browsers allow some control of cookies through the browser settings. A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used to help us improve our website. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. 

How can I control my cookies?

You can use your web browser to:

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