Teaching Profession Project

Teaching Profession Project


St Mary’s University College is hosting a series of free online seminars in regard to the recently launched Teaching Profession Project (TPP).

Commenting on the significance of the Teaching Profession Project Dr Nig Uidhir noted, "St Mary’s, has a long tradition of serving the educational community and delivering high quality teacher education. In that spirit of service, the Teaching Profession Project will create opportunities for teachers and other educators to share knowledge and experience about current issues of importance to the profession. The project acknowledges the importance of the role of the teacher in children's lives and opens channels for exploring key issues that impact upon professional lives. This new Project builds upon a well-established record for investing in relationships. It will provide a space for sharing professional understandings, often based on practical experience and informed by research. This will in turn generate opportunities to extend professional learning, with the first seminar very appropriately focusing on the issue of Teacher Wellbeing."


Seminar 1 Teacher Wellbeing

Tuesday, 9th November 2021

Dr Gabrielle Nig Uidhir, Chairperson, is joined by a number of panelists who will share their expertise and insights into the important issue of 'Teacher Wellbeing'.

The aim of the first seminar is to discuss the findings of a recent review of international research on teacher wellbeing which has been conducted by the report's co-author Maria Stewart. Maria, a Lecturer in Education at St Mary’s, presents the key findings from the academic literature on teacher wellbeing. She is joined by two teaching professionals, Mr Geoffrey Cherry and Ms Brenda Rankin, who share their own insights into teacher wellbeing from the perspectives of a primary school principal and a post-primary school senior teacher.

Seminar 2 Pedagogy in Irish Medium Education

Tuesday, 7th December 2021

Conall Ó Máirtín ( BBC Gaeilge and Associate Lecturer at St Mary’s University College) chairs a panel discussion on Pedagogy in Irish Medium Education. Conall is joined by: Fionnuala Ní Mhealláin (Bunmhúinteoir, Bunscoil an tSléibhe Dhuibh, Béal Feirste); An Dr Seán Mac Corraidh (Léachtóir Sinsearach, Coláiste Ollscoile Naomh Muire, Béal Feirste); and Caitlín Ní Ruanaidh (Ceann Roinne agus Teagascóir do Mhúinteoirí Nuacháilithe, Coláiste Feirste).
The discussion is in the medium of Irish with subtitles in English.

Seminar 3 New Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning

Tuesday, 8th February 2022

Mr John McCusker, Principal Inspector, Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI), chairs a discussion on 'New Approaches to Teacher Professional Learning'. Mr McCusker is joined by: Ms Geri Cameron (Principal, Loughshore School Belfast); Mr Dominic Fryers (KS2 Teacher, St Joseph's Primary School Belfast); and Dr Martin Hagan (Head of Education, St Mary’s University College Belfast).

Across Europe, there has been a commitment to improve career-long teacher professional learning along with a specific focus on improvement in the quality of leadership (European Union, 2007; 2008; 2009). In Northern Ireland, Learning Leaders: A Strategy for Teacher Professional Learning (DENI, 2016:14) sets out a vision for professional learning in which 'Leadership skills will form an integral part of all competence development from ITE and throughout a teacher's career'. To this end, 'The Learning Leadership Lens' was developed as a conceptual model aimed at developing systemic leadership for teachers at every stage of their career. In this discussion, the participants will be asked to critique the 'Lens' and discuss the challenges and opportunities it presents in terms of affecting meaningful policy change intended to meet the professional needs of teachers.

Seminar 4 St Mary’s in Conversation with the INTO : 'Valuing Teachers'

Tuesday, 3rd May 2022

On Tuesday, 03 May at 4.30 pm, Professor Peter Finn, Principal of St Mary’s University College, chairs a discussion on 'Valuing Teachers'. Professor Finn is joined by: Marie O'Shea, Chairperson of the INTO Northern Committee; Paul Groogan, Trade Union Official in the Northern Office of INTO; and Mrs Rachel Poland, INTO Intern for the academic year 2021/22.