Media Operational Notice

General Teaching Council and Teachers’ Unions to Have Their Say on Education Training Inspectorate

Session: 2013/2014

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education will begin taking evidence from the General Teaching Council (GTC) and teachers' unions on its Inquiry of the Education Training Inspectorate (ETI) and the School Improvement Process.

The GTC has published a wide-ranging response to the Inquiry and recommends:

  • A reorganisation of the ETI along the same lines as Scotland with the inspectorate also charged with facilitating school improvementA new measure of how schools add value to those pupils that perform less well in high stakes examinations
  • Base-lining of school intakes using assessment and a range of socio-economic deprivation indicators not just Free School Meal EntitlementInvestment in teacher development and
  • an improvement in public (and press) perception of teachers.


Teachers' unions will give evidence in response to the Chief Inspector's briefing last week and are expected to respond to Department of Education proposals for wide-ranging changes to the Formal Intervention Process which could see an unspecified number of unimproved or so-called "coasting" schools subject to additional significant action.

Time: 10.00am

Date: Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Venue: Senate Chamber, Parliament Buildings

The meeting will be streamed live and can be watched here:

Media Opportunities

Interviews with the Chairperson of the Committee, Mervyn Storey MLA are available upon request. Members of the media are also welcome to attend the meeting.

Media enquiries to:

Sohui Yim
Communications Officer
Northern Ireland Assembly
Phone: 028 9052 1606
Mobile: 0790 0278 992

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