One of the most useful things the Teaching Council provides is a mentoring service. Unfortunately, it is only available through Droichead, which means it is almost meaningless, and it is only available for teachers in their first year out of college. It’s a shame because its predecessor in mentoring, the NIPT, was a very good service.
Principals now have a mentoring service through an agency called the Centre for School Leadership, which has been running for a couple of years now.
However, I believe the Teaching Council should take over all mentoring for all teachers. I think they should provide intensive mentoring schemes like the CSL for all teachers in their first year in a new position, whether that’s as a teacher in a new school or as a principal.
After this, I’d suggest that the Teaching Council would also offer an opt in mentoring service for any teacher or principal that feels they need a boost. It would be funded by our Teaching Council subscription and mentors would be paid for their time and service.
It seems to me to be a good use of limited money and would not negate the good work already being done by separate agencies.