EU Presidency Conference

On 18 & 19 February 2013, the Teaching Council hosted an EU Presidency Conference entitled, "Integration, Innovation and Improvement - the Professional Identity of Teacher Educators".

This conference was funded by the EU Commission as part of Ireland's EU Presidency. For more information about Ireland's Presidency, see

The issue of the quality of teacher educators has been identified by EU Member States and the EU Commission as being an important contributor to the overall quality within education systems. In addition, both academic research and peer learning work point to a need for greater clarity about the policies supporting the selection, induction and further professional development of teacher educators.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD, the Northern Irish Minister for Education, John O'Dowd, MLA and the European Commission's Deputy Director-General for Education & Culture, Xavier Prats-Monné opened the conference which was held in Dublin Castle. The conference was attended by those involved in teacher education across the EU.

Click here or on any of the thumbnails below to view a selection of photographs from the conference

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