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June 2017

DES publishes Striking the Balance

The DES has published “Striking the Balance” (Teacher Supply in Ireland: Technical Working Group Report).

This final report from the Technical Working Group focusses on the development of a model of primary teacher supply, while outlining the work which will be required to establish a sustainable long term model of post primary teacher supply.

The Minister stated he was aware of the difficulties some schools were experiencing in recruiting substitute teachers and committed to examining all possible means of addressing this issue. Over the coming months the following will be examined:

  • Ensuring, in as far as is possible, that as many retiring and retired teachers remain on the Teaching Council register;
  • Increasing the limits for employment for a teacher while on career break;
  • Bringing to the attention of schools that final year B. Ed. and Professional Masters in Education (PME) students may be employed in accordance with Department Circular 31/2011 (Teacher Recruitment Registration and Qualifications) for periods of up to 5 consecutive days.

The report is available at: Striking the Balance - Teacher Supply in Ireland: Technical Working Group Report


Date: Monday, 12 June 17