Overview About Us

The General Teaching Council for Northern Ireland (GTCNI) has been promoting teacher professionalism in Northern Ireland for almost 20 years.

As the professional body for teachers in Northern Ireland we are dedicated to enhancing the status of teaching and promoting the highest standards of professional conduct and practice.

GTCNI was established by the Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 which along with subsequent legislation set out GTCNI’s statutory remit to:

  • Establish and maintain a register of teachers
  • Approve qualifications for the purposes of registration
  • Regulate the teaching profession
  • Provide advice to the Department of Education and employing authorities on:
    • Registration
    • Training, career development and performance management of teachers 
    • Standard of conduct for teachers.

Our small dedicated team deliver professional registration services to almost 27,000 teachers annually – and assess over 800 new applications – to help maintain public confidence and trust in the profession.


  • Who funds us

    Who funds us

    The Council is funded by teacher subscriptions. We, therefore, have a clear line of accountability to teachers for how we spend their money.

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  • About the Council

    About the Council

    The Council - including 14 elected teacher representatives and 19 appointees from across education - holds GTCNI to account and sets the organisation's strategic direction.

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  • The GTCNI Team

    The GTCNI Team

    The Council is supported by a small, dedicated and professional team of 18 officers led by the Registrar / Chief Executive Sam Gallaher.

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