Teaching Council Revised Proposal on Induction and Probation
In April 2013 the Teaching Council published a revised proposal on induction and probation and it hopes to conduct a pilot in the next school year.
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Career Entry Professional Programme
A consultation document on a new Career Entry Professional Programme for newly qualified teachers has been published. This is a significant development and calls for a strong, measured TUI response.
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Click here for letter from TUI head office (March 2012)
Policy on Continuum of Teacher Education
In the first quarter of 2011, TUI participated in a public consultation process in respect of new policy and practice developments for teacher education into the future. This involved TUI preparing a detailed written submission to the Teaching Council and participation in public consultation seminars (click here to download.)
Following on from the public consultation, the Teaching Council published a Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education together with Initial Teacher Education: Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers in June 2011. Both of these policy statements have wide ranging implications for the practice of teachers and planning by schools which will have to be the subject of detailed discussions in the appropriate fora as the policy ideas transact into practice.
The policy documents address areas of particular concern to TUI including:
- Changing entry requirement into initial teacher education programmes (ITE)
- Extension of duration of the PGDE with a stronger focus on school placement
- Induction support for new teachers
- Continuous Professional Development arrangements for practicing teachers.
Initial Teacher Education
Arising from the publication of the document in June 2011, TUI and other stakeholders are engaged with the Teaching Council in relation to a new model of school placement. The document Initial Teacher Education: Criteria & Guidelines for Programme Providers proposes an extended school placement. A key feature of the new guide is an extended period of Postgraduate studies leading to an initial teaching qualification.
While TUI accepts the need for change in the initial teacher education programme, it does not support the extension to two years, particularly at a time when grant aid is being withdrawn and the terms and conditions of new entrants to the profession have been targeted for particularly savage cutbacks.
TUI continues to raise this as a matter of concern with the Minister, the Department and the Teaching Council.