Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn recently appointed 37 members to the Teaching Council, including two members with Leitrim connections. The appointees, including 16 elected teachers, will act as non-executive directors of the Council over their four year term of office. The members appointed with Leitrim connections are Ms Elaine Devlin and Mr John Conlon.
The Council is the regulatory body for teaching in Ireland, which sets and maintains professional standards in teaching at primary and post-primary level, and within specific areas of the further education sector.
Elaine Devlin was nominated to the Council by the ASTI for a second term. Originally from Dromahair, Elaine is a graduate of UCD and currently lives in Drogheda. She works as a secondary school teacher in De La Salle College, Dundalk and is a member of the Standing Committee of the ASTI.
John Conlon was elected to Council as a primary teacher in the Connacht/Ulster. Living in the Manorhamilton area, John has 27 years teaching experience as a class teacher and as both a teaching and administrative principal. As a SDPS facilitator, he worked throughout the constituency area and is aware of teachers’ issues and concerns.
Speaking at the appointment of members, Minister Quinn said, “Teachers play a unique, valuable and trusted role in society. It is therefore vital for the students in the classroom, for society in general, and for the profession itself that standards are safeguarded and regulated and I commend the Council for its many notable achievements to date.
“In particular, I welcome the establishment of the first register of teachers in the State and regulations governing entry to the profession, the publication of Codes of Professional Conduct for Teachers, and the Council’s work in driving the development of redesigned and extended programmes of initial teacher education, as part of its important accreditation role.
“I wish the new Council well during its term of office as it continues to build on those achievements and I would like to assure it of my continued support in the years ahead.”
Appointing the members, Minister Quinn announced that following the passing of the Education (Amendment) Bill, currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas, the way will be paved for the commencement of Section 30 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001.
This will make it mandatory for all teachers in State funded positions to be registered. This will be a significant development for the teaching profession.
It will allow for the commencement of other sections of the Teaching Council Act, including the Council’s role in continuing professional development and fitness to teach matters. The Council urges all practising teachers who are not registered with the Council to apply for registration without delay.