Written answers

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Department of Education and Skills

Teaching Council of Ireland

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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851. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the communication that has taken place between her Departmental officials and the Teaching Council in order to recognise Ukrainian primary and secondary school teachers on a temporary basis who are willing to assist and teach Ukrainian children with limited English; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [19721/22]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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I wish to thank the Deputy for his question. Under the Teaching Council Acts 2001-2015 the Teaching Council is the body with the statutory authority and responsibility for the regulation of the teaching profession in Ireland including the registration of teachers in the State. It acts in the interests of the public good while upholding and enhancing standards in the teaching profession. 

In the context of the situation pertaining to those fleeing the war in the Ukraine who may wish to register to teach in Ireland, and in view of the requirement for teachers in recognised schools in Ireland to be registered in order to be paid from state funds, there has been extensive engagement with the Teaching Council to ascertain what measures can be implemented to support such applicants.

The Council has put in place accommodations specifically to address those needs, and is providing information on its website about Tailored Registration Process for Qualified Ukrainian Teachers - Teaching Council. Ukrainian teachers who wish to apply for registration with the Teaching Council are advised to email ukrainianteachers@teachingcouncil.ie where they will be assisted with the process.


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