Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Teaching Council of Ireland

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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297. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if she will extend the exemption put in place regarding the induction year (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30358/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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Under the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 the Teaching Council is the body with statutory authority and responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland including the registration of teachers in the State. 

The Teaching Council registers teachers in line with the requirements set out in the Teaching Council Act 2001-2015 and the Teaching Council (Registration) Regulations 2016 to 2021.

In 2020, the Teaching Council amended its Registration Regulations for a limited timeframe due to the Covid 19 pandemic, to facilitate the registration of teachers who qualified overseas and enable them to complete their post-qualification induction in Ireland.

The Teaching Council (Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were signed in to law on May 30th, providing for the Council to extend the 2020 emergency measures related to the registration of teachers in order to manage the ongoing impact of the pandemic, to October 2021.

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