Saturday 10 December 2016

'Fitness to teach' probes will improve educators - we're not out to punish them

Tomás Ó Ruairc

Published 25/07/2016 | 02:30

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton Photo: Tony Gavin
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton Photo: Tony Gavin

The announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, that the Teaching Council will be able to investigate 'fitness to teach' complaints against registered teachers from today is very significant for the profession of teaching - and the wider public.

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Under the new 'fitness to teach' complaints process, a complaint relating to professional matters can be made against a registered teacher to the Council. An investigatory process will then take place to establish if the complaint should be the subject of a disciplinary hearing.

The commencement of the 'fitness to teach' complaints process marks an important milestone on the journey of enhanced teaching and learning that the profession is leading through the Teaching Council.

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