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Press Releases 2016

Investing in the Teaching Workforce

Monday, 5 September 2016

INTO welcomes the launch by Peter Weir MLA Education Minister of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Pilot Scheme and acknowledges the valued contribution the previous Minister John O’Dowd MLA made in beginning the process. This pilot scheme will enable teachers aged over 55 to retire early and be replaced by recently qualified teachers.

Gerry Murphy, INTO Northern Secretary, said

“This pilot scheme will begin what INTO hopes will be a long term process of renewal and refreshment of the teaching profession. It will allow up to 120 teachers aged 55 years and over who wish to retire to do so with recognition of their contribution to the education system. The scheme will allow an equal number of recently qualified teachers to secure full time employment. It is this group of teachers who have been identified as experiencing the greatest difficulty in securing full time employment.”

Mr Murphy continued,

“INTO recognises the pilot scheme falls short of what many teachers not in permanent posts would have wanted. However, as a teacher’s union, we welcome any move that secures full time, meaningful employment for teachers. The pilot also opens up the possibility of promotional opportunities within schools.”

Mr Murphy concluded by saying;

“The pilot scheme opens up the possibility of further innovative approaches to creating and maintaining teacher employment and INTO will not be behind the door in seeking to ensure further employment opportunities are available for all teachers. This should be recognised as a beginning not an end.”

 

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