New proposed legislation will make it mandatory for all teachers to be enrolled in the register of teachers from 2017. By registering, teachers will demonstrate that they have the right qualifications, keep their knowledge and skills up to date and keep abreast of the latest developments in their field. The statutory obligation for teachers to be enrolled in a professional register also helps regulate their right to professional development. The bill underlines the importance of the teaching profession and gives teachers a say in what and how they teach. In all other aspects, the profession is responsible for setting its own standards. The aim is to raise the quality of teaching and that of the education system as a whole.