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26 Professionally Speaking June 2020 ROUNDTABLE PS Is there a growing move to include other people who deliver education, not just teachers, under the same self-regulating umbrella? LLEWELLYN Until 2015, we registered and regulated teachers only. Now, we do so for six other groups within the education workforce: school learning support workers; further education lecturers; further education learning support workers; work-based learning practitioners; youth workers and youth support workers. Wales has the widest public register of educa- tion and training professionals in the world. HOSKIN In New Zealand, the government, education profession and other stakeholders are working toward a "whole of education" workforce strategy. There has been a desire to move toward professionaliz- ing non-teacher roles that work alongside teachers. PICARD There's always a desire to work with others who can help to improve the lives of our students. In fact, there's already a symbiosis in public education. For example, in Ontario's kindergarten classrooms certified teachers work closely with certified early childhood educators. PS What are the potential benefits? PICARD Alignment of stan- dards, operational efficien- cies, cost savings and a unified voice. Ó RUAIRC It's understandable to want to streamline regula- tory processes for all those working in the same environment. For regulatory effectiveness, this option may seem attractive. Ultimately, we need to be clear as to reasons we're doing this in terms of the quality of teaching and learning. A wider understanding of professional standards, within and across professions, is the next right step. International Trends in Self-Regulation For the teaching profession, self-regulating bodies around the world face many common challenges and opportunities. To explore them, we spoke with five leaders. Their insights shed light on the operations, scope, image and future of self-regulation. Lesley Hoskin Chief Executive, Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand Hayden Llewellyn Chief Executive, Education Workforce Council (EWC), Wales Ken Muir Chief Executive/ Registrar, General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) Tomás Ó Ruairc Director, The Teaching Council, Ireland Paul Picard Former Interim Deputy Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers

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