Extension to the appointment of members to the General Teaching Council for NI announced

The Department of Education today announced an extension to the appointments of Jennifer Cornyn, Sean Lambe and Sally McKee to the General Teaching Council (“the Council”).

The term of the appointments, which were originally made in February 2012, has been extended until 29 February 2016.

Dr Jennifer Cornyn is a Lecturer in Education at the Ulster University. She has been a member of the Council since 2008. She serves on the Council’s Registration and Regulation Committee, General Purposes and Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. She has been a Lay Magistrate since 2005.

Mr Sean Lambe was the Head of the English Department at St Malachy’s College, Belfast, before his retirement in 2010. He is currently the Assistant Principal Moderator for GCSE ‘Talking and Listening’ for the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment. He is a member of the Council’s Policy and Professional Education Committee.

Mrs Sally McKee was the Outreach Support Advisory Teacher at Killard House School until her retirement in 2007. She serves on the Board of Governors of Lakewood Care Centre and is Chair of the Board of Governors of Glenlola Collegiate School. She previously served as an elected member of the Council from 2002 to 2010 and was Chair from 2006 to 2010. Mrs McKee is a member of the Council’s General Purposes and Finance Committee. She is a member of the Board of the Labour Relations Agency, a role for which she receives £5,050 per annum. 

Each of the appointees brings significant knowledge and experience gained from a range of roles within the education sector as well as knowledge of corporate governance and responsibility. Their experience as serving members will be vital in making a contribution to the future direction of the Council.

Notes to editors:

1. The General Teaching Council for NI was established under the Education (NI) Order 1998. The Council registers teachers and advises the Department and employing authorities on a wide range of issues, including the training, career development and performance management of teachers; standards of teaching; and standards of conduct for teachers.

2. The Council comprises 33 members: 14 teachers elected by their peers; 5 teachers appointed by the NI Teachers’ Council; 10 appointments made by representative bodies within the education sector. Four appointments are made by the Minister for Education; however, at present only three places have been filled.

3. The term of the Departmental appointees to the Council has been extended by a further period to facilitate a public appointment process.

4. Ministerial appointments are made in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI’s Code of Practice. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, the Commissioner for Public Appointments for NI requires the political activity of appointees to be published. None of the appointees have carried out any political activity in the last five years.

5. Council members do not receive annual remuneration in respect of their appointment, although travel and subsistence allowances and financial loss allowances may be awarded.