What kind of contract can a school offer to a teacher taking on EAL hours for New Entrant Pupils?
The hours are sanctioned based on the number of New Entrant Pupils enrolled in the school. Schools are required to notify the DE if their enrolment changes, using the form here (DOC) and the hours may be adjusted accordingly. Therefore, it is not possible for a school to offer a fixed-term contract, with a certain end-date.
Do schools have to fill these EAL posts in accordance with the recruitment process set out in circular 0044/2019?
The procedure for making a short-term appointment, which is a position anticipated to be for fewer than 24 calendar weeks, is set out in Chapter 2, part 4 of this circular.
EAL supports are allocated on the OLCS and reflect the often uncertain and urgent nature of the enrolment of New Entrant Pupils. The allocation on the OLCS is flexible to match this evolving position, and therefore it is difficult for a school to be definitive about the duration of the contract being filled.
Will teachers appointed to these EAL posts receive their personal rate of pay from the outset of the contract?
The salary arrangement in these roles is comparable to that of a non-casual substitute. (See details here for how to work out the daily non-casual substitute rate. A teachers’ hourly rate would be their daily rate divided by five.)
Will teachers appointed to these EAL posts be entitled to their own paid leave from the outset of their contract?
However, as these EAL teachers are paid through the OLCS, payment for any leave will have to be claimed using the Substitute for a Substitute form. If the EAL teacher is absent on a substitutable absence, the school will be able to employ a substitute for that day, paid through the OLCS.
Will teachers appointed to these EAL posts be paid through school closures, including the summer closure?
Although these teachers will not receive a regular fortnightly salary during school closures, holiday pay does accrue for each hour or day worked and will be paid in three tranches during the school year, prior to Christmas and Easter, and in July.
The salary paid in these roles is comparable to that paid to a non-casual substitute. (See details here for how to work out the daily non-casual substitute rate. A teachers’ hourly rate would be their daily rate divided by five.)
Are teachers appointed to these contracts entitled to take their own paid leave of absence?
If a school is unable to secure a teacher for the hours in the week for which they are sanctioned, can the unused hours be drawn down later?
Can a teacher who is on career break be appointed to work EAL hours?
Under the normal terms of circular 54/2019, teachers on career break are limited to 90 days of substitute teaching in the school year. This limit has been removed for the 2022/23 school year.
Can a teacher on carer’s leave undertake these hours?
Do these EAL hours count toward a teacher’s incremental progression?
Will a contract for these EAL hours – part-time or full-time – satisfy the requirement to hold a contract to the end of the school year, in order to be eligible for Supplementary Panel Rights?
A contract for EAL hours will satisfy this condition, as long as the teacher remains in employment to the end of the school year.
As per 8 November 2022