Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn recently appointed 37 members to the Teaching Council, including one from Clonmel.
Noel Buckley was elected to the Teaching Council in the Connacht/ Munster/Ulster Post-primary Voluntary sector. Originally from Holycross, Noel lives in Marlfield Village and is a Programmes Co-ordinator and teacher of Religious Education and History at Presentation Secondary School.
The appointees, including 16 elected teachers, will act as non-executive directors of the Council over their four year term of office. The Council is the regulatory body for teaching in Ireland, which sets and maintains professional standards in teaching at primary and post-primary level, and within specific areas of the further education sector.
Noel Buckley is an active member of the ASTI (Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland) and a member of its Education Committee and Central Executive Council. He represents the ASTI on the NCCA course committees of Transition and Religious Education.
He believes education is the way to empower people and has particular interest in helping young people and community groups. He is a founder member of Gaelscoil Chluain Meala and is currently chairman of St. Mary’s Hurling Club.
Noel hopes the Teaching Council will help attract top-class people into teaching careers, enhance the profession through continuous professional development and provide clear standards of professional conduct.