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January 2017

Teacher Exchange Scheme

Extension to scheme approved

The DES has now approved an extension of the maximum period for which a teacher exchange may occur for teachers in their fifth or sixth year of the scheme for one further year to allow time for consideration of a voluntary transfer scheme at Primary. 

This is subject to the other provisions of the circular being complied with, i.e. application by the teacher to his/her Board of Management and the approval of the Board of Management being obtained. The Department will write to the teachers and schools affected advising them of the extension shortly.

The announcement follows engagements with the DES where the INTO has been exploring how concerns about mobility for permanent teachers might be addressed. On foot of these representations INTO looks forward to engaging with the DES and Management to devise a scheme which would address the issue of permanent teacher mobility


Date: Tuesday, 17 January 17