Welcome to the home of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS for short).
SCoTENS brings together 36 colleges of education, university education departments, teaching councils, curriculum councils, education trade unions and education centres on the island of Ireland with a responsibility for and interest in teacher education. It has been involved in supporting a wide range of research, conference and exchange projects since it was founded in 2003. To date 78 research projects have been seed-funded during that time: including on Special Educational Needs, continuing professional development, English as an Additional Language, the inclusion of newcomer and ethnic minority children, citizenship education, educational research, ICT and digital video in education, young children’s identities, social justice education, developing reflective skills, art and science education, physical education, autism, archiving education documents, religious education, Irish medium education, maths education, literacy and peer mentoring.
The themes of previous SCoTENS annual conferences were:
- Creative Teachers for Creative Learners: Implications for Teacher Education, Sligo 2013
- Promoting Literacy and Numeracy through teacher education, Cavan 2011
- Teacher Education for Inclusion, Belfast 2010
- Reflective Practice: Challenges for Teacher Education, Dublin 2009
- School Leadership, Policy and Practice, North and South, Belfast 2008
- Teaching in the Knowledge Society, Malahide 2007
- Teacher Education and Schools: Together Towards Improvement, Belfast 2006
- Teacher Education for Citizenship in Diverse Societies, Malahide 2005
- The Changing Contexts of Teacher Education, North and South, Armagh 2004
- Challenges to Teacher Education and Research, North and South, Malahide 2003
SCoTENS also sponsors the North/South Student Teacher Exchange project, now in its eighth year, which brings student teachers from Dublin and Limerick to do a key part of their assessed teaching practice in Belfast schools, and Belfast student teachers to do the same in Dublin and Limerick.
The SCoTENS secretariat is provided by the Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh and the administrator is Ms Patricia McAllister.