080. Should We Collapse Droichead?

Droichead is the Teaching Council’s answer to inducting Newly Qualified Teachers, the year after they finish college. It is replacing the model where an inspector would visit an NQT twice in their year and assess whether they were effective enough to carry on being a teacher for the rest of their career. Droichead has had … Read more

017. Remove all Union Involvement from Teaching Council

The Teaching Council is made up of several union representatives, which make decisions on teaching conditions. The union therefore becomes both the decision maker and gatekeeper of the Teaching Council, which makes little sense. The union needs to take on the role of a strong gatekeeper from the Teaching Council. Droichead was an example of … Read more

Another Alternative to Droichead

If you ask any principal in Ireland what the biggest threat to our education system is, it is likely that Droichead, the scheme where schools will be responsible for deciding whether a newly qualified teacher is fit to be a teacher, would be high on the list. While most principals feel the extra workload should not … Read more

An Alternative to Droichead

Following my blog post on Droichead last week, I thought I might expand on my thoughts regarding an alternative solution to teacher probation. I want to first reiterate that I do believe the Teaching Council are correct in changing from the current model of inspectorate to a more internal mechanism and I have been involved in the … Read more

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