Teaching Council Requirements

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Need to get your Teaching Council requirements completed? Want to become a Fully registered teacher with the TC? Read below for more info:

Did you know that in Ireland starting from September 2018 the only route to get your conditions recognised is by working in a Droichead School?* The Droichead webinar on May 2nd the Teaching Council stated that Droichead would be the sole route for Induction for Primary and Secondary Teachers on full time, long-term contracts. If you have a contract of less than 200 (secondary) hours with a school the TC has stated it will count those hours. Watch the webinar here and click to 45 minutes to the Q&A session. Please see information below on how to contact the TC to find out if your hours count.

Luckily, we have received information from the Teaching Council that has stated there are 2 routes to complete your conditions in the UK! Keep on reading to keep yourself informed.

For Primary Teachers:

  1. It is possible to complete a period of induction in the UK that is equivalent to the Irish induction year/Droichead Scheme. You do not need to inform the Irish Teaching Council before you start this year. This needs to be 1 year long and start in September. Irish primary teachers complete the UK NQT year and have to meet several requirements to appease the Teaching Council. This includes having observations and attending CPD. See attached document for full information.

After this period is complete an Irish teacher needs to present 2 letters to the Teaching Council (1 from their school, and 1 from the school’s governing body). The Teaching Council will assess the year and once happy approve for FULL recognition with the Irish Teaching Council.

Secondary Teachers:

  1. Secondary teachers can complete a period of induction in the UK that is equivalent to the Irish induction year/ Droichead scheme. This needs to be 1 full year long and start in September. Irish Secondary teachers complete the UK NQT year and have to meet several requirements to appease the Teaching Council. This includes having observations and attending CPD. See attached document for full information.

  2. Secondary Teachers have another option to complete a period of 300 teaching hours in a school. They then must do workshops in Ireland (10 out of 12). You can complete the Workshops at any stage within 3 years of registration with the teaching council. You can fly back to Ireland to complete these with the NIPT. For a list of when and where you can complete these workshops please click here http://teacherinduction.ie/en/supports/induction-programme There are also some workshops available online with more to come!

The Teaching Council has provided us with information deeming the following:

In the UK the Induction period needs to meet the below criteria:

  • Be at least 1 year’s duration
  • Be carried out by an ‘appropriate body’
  • Be served in a relevant school in England
  • Be supervised by the Head Teacher
  • Derived from a recommendation from the Head Teacher to the appropriate body that the professional standards have been met
  • Conclude with certification from the apporpriate body that the professional standards for teachers have been met

The school needs to write a letter with information stating:

  • The name of the school (on headed paper)
  • The school is a relevant school in the UK
  • The name of the Teacher
  • Confirmation the teacher has completed the induction programme
  • The duration of time that the teacher has spent at the school
  • Details of the induction sessions attended
  • Confirmation that induction was supervised/overseen by the head teacher of the school
  • Confirm a recommendation to the schools appropriate body (Appropriate body needs to be named) that the teacher has met the DfE Teacher Standards 2012
  • Signature of the Head Teacher

and the Appropriate body must provide a letter to say:

  • Name of the Appropiate body
  • Name of the teacher
  • Confirmation induction programme completed
  • Confirmation the schools programme is compliant with UK induction regulations
  • Confirmation the teacher has met the DfE Standards 2012
  • Signature of relevant person within Appropriate Body

If you would like the official letter headed paper from the teaching council with the above information please get in touch with us today or email conditions@teachingcouncil.ie

*If you do secure a contract in Ireland, and it is less than 200 hours – those hours will count towards your PQE. Longer Contracts/Full time Contracts need to be in a Droichead school. The Teaching Council advised us to that once you have a contract for an Irish school to call to confirm with them if the hours will count or not.  Please visit www.teachingcouncil.ie or email conditions@teachingcouncil.ie for any additional information.

If you want to get started and look for a job then please get in touch with our Irish office today – Rachel, Claire and Michelle are all teachers who can help you with any questions you might have on teaching in Ireland or Teaching in England.

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