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Release Time for Teaching Principals

Circular 14/01 sets out provisions in relation to release time for teaching principals in primary schools. The number of days to which teaching principals are entitled to release time (with substitution) was increased in 2016 and is now


Release Time for Teaching Principals in Primary Schools Size of School *

Number of days release time (per school year)

Principal + 5 / 6


Principal + 3 / 4


Principal + 0 / 1 / 2



 *Under the terms of this circular size of school refers to teaching principals, mainstream class posts, including developing school posts and mainstream class appeal posts and excludes ex-quota posts e.g. GAM/EAL, Resource, HSCL, etc.

The purpose of release time is to enable Principals undertake administrative, leadership and management functions within the school. Examples of such duties are included in Circular 14/01. The Principal should be present in the school during the periods of release time unless absent on official school business approved by the Board of Management.

INTO has long demanded an increase in release time for teaching principals to one day per week.