The SCoTENS annual conference has become one of the highlights of our calendar, and we are delighted to announce that the 2023 conference will take place on Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October in the Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh. In this special year, the 20th anniversary of the establishment of SCoTENS, our conference will be a celebratory one, and inputs will follow a slightly different format than those at previous conferences.
The format has been designed to facilitate speakers and delegates in reflecting on the last twenty years, celebrating all that has been achieved in teacher education, and looking to the future with hope. The full programme and a link to registration will be available here shortly. For those who have not yet attended a SCoTENS conference, we invite you to view this short video including highlights from our 2022 conference, so that you might have a flavour of what to expect!.
Providing the next generation of teachers the opportunity to experience a very different educational, social and political setting.Read More
Seed Funding Scheme
Each year, SCoTENS provides Seed Funding to support a number of collaborative research projects and professional activities in teacher education in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.Read More
Welcome to the home of the Standing Conference on Teacher Education, North and South (SCoTENS). SCoTENS is a network of 34 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.
SCOTENS was established in 2003 to create a safe space for teacher educators – North and South– to come together and discuss issues of common interest, and explore ways of co-operating closely together. A part of the broader peace dynamic that was gathering momentum on the island of Ireland at the time, it has always been rooted in the deepest commitment to quality teaching and learning for all. We believe that SCOTENS is the only network of its kind operating across a contested border in the world.
It has been involved in supporting a wide range of research, conference and exchange projects since it was founded in 2003:
The SCoTENS annual conference is a key fixture in the education calendar on the island of Ireland. The annual SCoTENS conference provides a forum where teacher educators across the island of Ireland can engage in open, critical and constructive analysis of current issues in education with a view to promoting a collaborative response to these issues.
The SCoTENS Seed Funding Programme promotes and funds a range of research-based initiatives with a view to establishing sustainable North-South partnerships and projects.
The North/South Student Teacher Exchange project, brings student teachers from Dublin to do a key part of their assessed teaching practice in Belfast schools, and Belfast student teachers to do the same in Dublin. Its membership is open to all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that offer programmes of Initial Teacher Education (ITE).