Teachers’ entitlements to bereavement leave are set out in detail at Appendix A of circular 78/2022
. The number of days available will depend on the teacher’s relationship to the deceased.
For an immediate family member – the teacher’s spouse or child, or another person in a relationship of domestic dependency* – up to twenty days of bereavement leave may be taken.
For an immediate relative – the teacher’s parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, or in-laws – up to five days are available.
One day is available following the death of a teacher’s aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew. (This may be extended to up to five days in exceptional circumstances, such as if the teacher was living with the deceased or is responsible for making funeral arrangements.)
* If the deceased lived with the teacher and was reliant on them for their care, they were in a relationship of domestic dependency. In this case, up to twenty days of bereavement leave may be taken.