Teacher Refund Scheme 2021

A new Department of Education Circular setting out the terms of the Teacher Fee Refund Scheme has been published.

The Teacher Fee Refund Scheme provides funding towards the cost of professional development courses, relevant and of benefit to schools, and that are subject to certification/award by an accreditation authority recognised by the DE.

The Department published yesterday, Circular 001/2022 which outlines the details of the 2021 scheme. Applications will only be considered for courses or part of courses completed in the period 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Thursday, 31 March 2022. Please note late applications will not be considered.

Circular 001/2022 contains details on how to apply.

Please note that the DE previously notified of some changes to the scheme for claims for courses or parts of courses continuing in the 2021/2022 academic year. These changes are set out in Circular 0015/2021.

Serving primary and post-primary teachers registered with the Teaching Council, paid by the State and employed in a Department of Education recognised primary or post primary school are eligible.

This includes permanent whole-time teachers, temporary whole-time teachers, part-time teachers, substitute teachers, teachers holding contracts of indefinite duration and teachers holding fixed-term contracts who are employed for the full school year and provide a teaching service each school week.

To qualify, courses should be directly relevant and of benefit to schools, school management, or teachers and positively impact on teaching and learning.

Courses should be subject to certification/award by an accreditation authority recognised by the Department of Education.