Staffing for 2024/2025

The Department of Education issued a new staffing circular on 6 February. the following are its key provisions.

Circular 0011/2024 published 6 February 2024 outlines the staffing arrangements for primary schools in the 2024/25 school year and includes the primary staffing schedules for ordinary schools, gaelscoileanna, Gaeltacht and DEIS Urban Band One schools.

Frequently Asked Questions on Circular 0011/2024 Staffing Arrangements in Primary Schools for the 2024/25 school year


Staffing Schedules for Schools

Staffing Schedule for 2024-2025  Appendix A – Schedule of Enrolment of Pupils Governing the Appointment and Retention of Mainstream Class Teachers in Ordinary Schools, Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht National Schools for the 2024/25 school year

The new enrolment thresholds for principals and deputy principals are set out in Appendix B of this circular.


Special Education Teacher posts

Circular 0011/2024 also includes information on the allocation of special education hours at Circular 0011/2024 Appendix C. Further information on this can be found in the separate Circular 0002/2024

Schools with a balance of Special Education hours additional to the full posts are advised that they have a period until Thursday 29 February 2024 to enter into a cluster arrangement to achieve a full-time permanent post (25 hours) through sharing arrangements with other neighbouring schools.

Circular 0011/2024 Appendix C – SEN allocations

Form SET cluster 2024/25  (Appendix D) – Special Education Teacher Post (Shared) 2024/25

Schools can for the first time cluster Principal Release hours with Special Education Teaching hours to create a full-time post (25 hours)


Key Dates

Members should note Thursday, 29 February 2024 as a key date for staffing arrangements in primary schools for the 2024/25 school year.

By Thursday, 29 February 2024, teachers and schools should:


Main Panel

The Main Redeployment Panels are expected to be published after Easter 2024 for schools to appoint teachers from the panels to vacancies.

The Main Redeployment Panel Application Form (Appendix E) for surplus permanent/CID holding teachers to the Department’s Primary Teacher Allocations Section; should be returned to the Department of Education by 29 February 2024.

Frequently asked questions regarding Redeployment Arrangements at Primary Level for Surplus Permanent and CID Holding Teachers can be found here Redeployment Arrangements at Primary Level for Surplus Permanent and CID Holding Teachers January 2024 

Main Panel Update Form  operates This form is used to update the Department of Education where a teacher takes up a teaching position from the main panel or is deferring their panel rights.

For further information about how the Main Panel operates see here.

It is important that all schools participate in the redeployment process to ensure that teachers are redeployed as early as possible.


Staffing Appeals

The first meeting of the Staffing Appeals Board will be in March 2024. They will meet again in June and October.

Applications for the March Staffing Appeals Board should be submitted by the 29 of February 2024 on the correct form from Staffing Appeals Form Appendix F – Application to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board for the 2024/25 School Year. The categories include:

Please note that appeals for EAL posts will not be considered at the March meeting.

Contracts of Indefinite Duration

For comprehensive information regarding Contracts of Indefinite Duration and the Application Process see our website here.

Contract of Indefinite Duration (CID) Forms contained in Circular 0011/2024 include

  • Declaration by a school for the 2024/25 school year where a teacher has acquired a CID under Part A1 or A2 of Circular 0023/2015 – Circular 0011/2024 Appendix G 
  • Application for department sanction for the award to a teacher, of a contract of indefinite duration (CID) in the 2023/24 school year in accordance with Circular 0023/2015 –Circular 0011/2024 Appendix H

Supports for Teaching Principals

Circular 0011/2024 also confirms the retention of one leadership and management day a week, secured by this union for every teaching principal. Schools with one special class will continue to have four additional release days in the 2024/25 school year. This scheme has proven to be successful in supporting teaching principals with an increased workload, while ensuring consistent access to a teacher for their class.

Principal Release hours can be clustered with Special Education Teaching Time to create full-time positions.

Applications for new Principal Release Clusters should be made to the Primary Allocations Section of the Department of Education on Principal Release Post Cluster Form 2024/25

Substitute Teacher Supply Panels

The supply panels will continue in 2024/25 school year. The current level of posts in supply panel areas will be reviewed at the end of the current school year. Base schools will be notified of supply panel allocations for next year at that time.

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