Tops marks for plan to review our teachers
FULL marks and a move to the top of the class for the country's chief inspector of schools, Dr Harold Hislop. Nothing lacking in the bravery stakes, he wants to open a debate on the prospect of introducing annual reviews of the work done by teachers and school principals. He says that, unlike many countries, Ireland has no system of regular evaluation for school staff.
Many other jobs have a regular review system in the private sector and even in the public sector and in the civil service. At an EU education conference in Dublin, Dr Hislop said the term teacher appraisal was "quite foreign" to the Irish context but the time has come to give the idea serious consideration.
The Department of Education has no plans currently to introduce such a system. But Dr Hislop is clearly keen to start a dialogue with all involved in Irish education.