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March 2017

Teaching Council publishes revised Droichead policy for NQTs but clarification needed on resourcing

The Teaching Council today published its revised “Droichead- An Integrated Professional Induction Framework” policy but has not yet confirmed the implementation date.

The policy replaces an outdated probation model with an  induction and mentoring programme . This builds on the successful programme devised by the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT). INTO has demanded a properly resourced national induction programme for many years.

The revised Droichead Framework puts the Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) at the centre of the process, and makes them responsible for their own learning and for verifying their engagement with the process. The Teaching Council statement makes it clear that “the revised Droichead policy is a non-evaluative professional induction process. This means that neither principals, school colleagues nor external school colleagues will be engaged in the evaluation of NQTs for registration purposes”.

The revised Droichead policy also recognises the extended school placement element of both the 4 year B.Ed and 2 year Postgraduate Masters in Education (PME). It provides for equality of access to full registration for all NQTs, regardless of the employment setting - including those working in special education. This was a key demand of INTO.

INTO rejected the March 2016 Droichead policy and following a ballot of members issued a Directive on non co-operation with the policy.

The CEC will consider the revised policy at its next meeting. However, as the Teaching Council has not yet set a date for implementation, the March 2016 Droichead policy remains in place, as does the INTO Directive.

INTO calls on the Teaching Council and the DES to confirm the availability of  resources to support the revised policy as quickly as possible.

Date: Thursday, 16 March 17