Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Ceisteanna (186)

Colm Brophy


186. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of investment in teacher continuous professional development. [53767/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

A key objective in the Action Plan for Education 2016-2019 is to develop the continuum of teacher education to equip teachers with the right skills for 21st century teaching and learning and improve school leadership. The quality of our teaching profession is a critical factor in sustaining and enhancing the quality of education outcomes.

The Department promotes the quality of teaching and learning through the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) and supports for teachers and principals. The professional development needs of serving teachers in recent years have being addressed through the provision of an induction programme for newly-qualified teachers, dedicated support for school leaders, national CPD for curricular and policy reform, and ongoing support for teachers.

The Department ensures that a range of high-quality models of CPD is provided to teachers and school leaders through its support services, the national network of Education Centres and appropriate groups, bodies and institutions who are empowered to design, develop and deliver CPD programmes.

Funding provided for CPD for primary and post-primary teachers and school leaders since 2015 is as follows:

2015 €22.803m

2016 €22.606m

2017 €27.886m

2018 €30.898m

It should also be noted that an additional investment in the region of 34m annually is also provided to support the ongoing secondments and substitution costs associated with CPD provision.