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Post Primary teacher evaluations must improve the delivery of school curriculum – Deputy Séan Crowe

17 June, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Deputy Seán Crowe believes the main purpose of unannounced teacher inspections at Post Primary Level must be the improved delivery of the school curriculum.

Deputy Crowe was speaking after the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn this week announced that consultation with the education sector would possibly see the commencement of teacher inspections in September.

He continued: “In line with other professionals, Sinn Féin would agree in principle with teacher evaluation, the goal of which must be to improve overall teaching standards and the enhanced delivery of the school curriculum.

“There are however, many aspects of the evaluation process that must be considered carefully and every effort must be made to avoid unnecessary bureaucratic procedures that impinge on the ability of teachers to teach.

“Any evaluation process must also be emphatic and supportive, taking into account the diverse range of classroom environments and settings where a teacher works.

“Teacher evaluations must be used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of individual teachers and, just as importantly, the State must have systems in place to improve the skills set of the people who have been assessed. The term continual professional development,” concluded Deputy Crowe, “must amount to more than just empty rhetoric.” ENDS

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