Carmel Kearns is Head of Teachers’ Learning and Research in the Teaching Council. She supports the work of the Council’s Education Committee, and has played a key role in the development of a range of landmark policy documents, including the first Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers, the Council’s Policy on the Continuum of Teacher Education and Droichead, An Integrated Induction Framework. She was instrumental in the development of the Council’s professional accreditation criteria for reconceptualised ITE programmes, and led the process by which all programmes in Ireland were reviewed for accreditation purposes for the first time. More recently, she has supported the development of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning in Ireland, and she is currently supporting a four-year development process whereby the framework can be further refined by teachers and other stakeholders. She is also responsible for the implementation of the Council’s research strategy, including a comprehensive annual programme aimed at enhancing the connections between research, policy and practice.