Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Education and Skills
Teacher Training Provision
A key objective in the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 is to develop the continuum of teacher education to equip teachers with the right skills for 21st century teaching and learning and improve school leadership. The quality of our teaching profession is a critical factor in sustaining and enhancing the quality of education outcomes.
The Department promotes the quality of teaching and learning through the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) and supports for teachers and principals. The professional development needs of serving teachers in recent years have being addressed through the provision of an induction programme for newly-qualified teachers, dedicated support for school leaders, national CPD for curricular and policy reform, and ongoing support for teachers.
The Department ensures that a range of high-quality models of CPD is provided to teachers and school leaders through its support services, the national network of Education Centres and appropriate groups, bodies and institutions who are empowered to design, develop and deliver CPD programmes.
Funding provided for CPD for primary and post-primary teachers and school leaders since 2015 is as follows:
It should also be noted that an additional investment in the region of 34m annually is also provided to support the ongoing secondments and substitution costs associated with CPD provision.