Face coverings, procurement mechanism, leave of absence, COVID-19 capitation grant, supply panels and more


At this morning’s stakeholder forum with the Department of Education, the INTO raised several matters in respect of schools’ reopening and was briefed on a number of developments to support the orderly and safe reopening of our primary schools. Weekly stakeholder engagement will continue throughout August...

Funding, staffing, pooled release days and more – brief update 


The Department of Education is in the process of transferring additional funding to primary and special schools to assist with planning and preparation for a safe and orderly reopening later this month...

Teaching Council registration updates


INTO members should make sure to renew their Teaching Council registration when due to avoid lapsing from the Teaching Council register.

Schools with teaching principals are encouraged to form clusters to cover their release days


Groups of five small schools with teaching principals may appoint a fixed-term teacher to cover their leadership and management days.

Minister reaffirms intention to honour Public Service Stability Agreement


INTO General Secretary John Boyle met with Minister McGrath today.

Details of operational supports for return to school published


Additional information has been provided on some of the supports announced by government.

INTO welcomes plans for schools reopening, supports for principals and substitute panels. Further clarity on substitute cover needed.


Details for the reopening of schools have been published by the Department of Education.

INTO Head Office annual closure


Every year, INTO Head Office closes for two weeks. Our annual closure will commence from 5pm on Friday 24 July. Our offices will reopen at 9am on Monday 10 August...

New employee assistance provider appointed


Spectrum Life has been appointed, following a public tender process, as the new provider of the Employee Assistance Service for teachers and other school staff. The new provider will commence services from the 26 July...

Member update – Announcement due on outstanding issues related to the reopening of schools


Since the beginning of July, the INTO has been intensively engaged with key primary and special education stakeholders, including Department of Education officials, as preparations advance for the reopening of primary schools in six weeks’ time...