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Proposals to alleviate teacher supply crisis

Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 07/12/2022. Proposals to alleviate teacher supply crisisTags: Teachers

The Government was yesterday informed by Education Minister Norma Foley of a number of measures she is proposing to action to deal with the teacher supply crisis. The actions planned or under serious consideration include the following:

  • Career breaks and job shares for teachers may be restricted but the Department of Education will consult with unions before taking any final decisions.
  • Days off that teachers can claim in return for doing a summer course are being reviewed.
  • The Teaching Council will be requested to carry out a review of the Teaching Council registration process for those qualified outside the State.
  • Changes are also expected to be made to the existing upskilling programmes in priority subject areas
  • On a temporary basis for the 2022/23 school year, job sharing teachers, who often operate on a week on, week off basis, may be employed to work in a substitute capacity, during the period they are rostered off duty
  • A waiver of pension abatement for retired teachers returning to teach for up to 50 days in each of the three calendar years 2021, 2022 and 2023
  • Also under consideration is incentivising and supporting schools employing a teacher on less than full hours to use the teacher sharing scheme to fill vacancies,
  • The teacher supply consultative forum would be re-evaluated, to see where it could be enhanced.

    A Social Democrats Private Members’ Motion is to go before the Dáil today, calling for measures to address the serious shortage of teachers in primary and second-level schools.
    The Minister will be out of the country for today's regular Cabinet meeting, because she is attending the OECD Council Meeting of Education Ministers in Paris, a once-in-a-decade event


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