From this September, all newly-qualified teachers will have to return to the classroom and successfully complete an induction programme before they can be professionally recognised by the Teaching Council, the body charged with determining teaching standards.
The induction programme for teachers aims to support the induction of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) into the teaching profession in primary and post-primary in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the programme for Kilkenny schools, the director of Kilkenny Education Centre, Paul Fields, spoke about the value of the programme.
“For the first time the State has taken a formal place in the provision of induction for new teachers,” he said. “In the past teachers had to find their own feet in their first teaching job. This programme provides a structure and support for all newly qualified teachers, whether they are employed in a school or not.”
Mr Fields said he was concerned that some new teachers in the Kilkenny area may not be aware of the new requirement, as many of the teachers are currently waiting to find a teaching position and may not know about the new initiative.
“It is widely acknowledged that building strong professional learning communities through programmes such as the Induction Programme will benefit schools as learning organisations in the long-term”, he said.
Throughout the year there will be a range of professional development workshops held on the following topics: Now I am a teacher, Classroom Management and Organisation, Planning and Preparation, Working with Parents, Differentiation, Assessment, Teaching of Literacy, Behaviour Management.
Newly qualified teachers are encouraged to register for the programme on the website www.eckilkenny.ie. The first session in Kilkenny will take place on September 11 at 5pm in the Kilkenny Education Centre, Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Kilkenny.