Friday 24 November 2017

How gaps left by departing school teachers are expected to be filled

Teachers going on early retirement in February will be replaced on a temporary basis in classrooms for the rest of the school year.

The exodus from primary and post-primary schools will create opportunities for newly qualified teachers seeking regular work.

Teachers who have become surplus to requirements in one school may be moved into a vacant position, subject to the terms of their redeployment scheme.

The scheme puts a geographical limit on how far they can be expected to travel to fill a position.

There are no post-primary teachers awaiting redeployment. At primary level, the number of teachers currently awaiting redeployment is in single figures.

Special arrangements have been made to allow teachers who have responsibility for Leaving and Junior Cert exam classes to continue working for the remainder of the school year.

Those who take up this option will be paid at the bottom rate of the pay scale.

Irish Independent

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