International Forum of Teacher Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA) conference

7 MAY 2021

The International Forum of Teacher Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA) took place virtually on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 May 2021, hosted by the General Teaching Council for Scotland and facilitated by Professor Graham Donaldson.

The theme, Teaching: A Profession in Transition, covered areas such as teacher wellbeing, promotion of the teaching profession, the changing governance environment, registration of other education professionals (incl. early years), and alternative pathways into teaching (inlc. vocational pathways).

VIT staff Geoff Coates, Linda Blakis and Hannah Galloway were due to present a paper on the role of teacher regulatory authorities in providing for the safety and well-being of children at the conference in Scotland, however presented via video instead.

While the VIT has always had a teaching quality agenda, recent changes to our legislation and in particular the introduction of child safety screening responsibilities, has changed VIT’s functions and focus.

These new responsibilities are not universally shared by other teacher regulatory authorities. Providing an overview of the events leading up to the legislative changes, a summary of the key elements of those changes and an exploration of the kind of activities that the VIT now undertakes in providing for the safety and well-being of children, was of great interest to a number of Teacher Regulatory Authorities in attendance.

You can watch VIT’s presentation below, including an introduction from VIT Chairperson Lesley Lamb.