Flexible Working

Schools and teachers can all benefit from flexible working, for example: schools are able to match resources to work need, attract and retain staff whilst reducing salary costs, raise staff morale and maintain a high level of service; and teachers can balance more effectively the demands of work and home.

Flexible Working Scheme (PDF)
This Scheme sets out the criteria and procedure to request flexible working arrangements.

Job Share Scheme (PDF)
This Scheme has been agreed between the Management and Teachers’ Sides of the Northern Ireland Teachers’ Negotiating Committee and defines the policy which applies to job sharing arrangements for teachers, including principals and vice principals, in schools.

Temporary Variation of Contract (PDF)
Circumstances may arise where a teacher may seek a short term, temporary change in working hours. In such cases a permanent teacher may request a temporary reduction in working hours, or, if available within the school, additional hours for a permanent part-time teacher. The temporary variation would normally be short term but may be for a period of up to one year, with possible extension in extenuating circumstances.

Part-time teachers – Terms & Conditions

The arrangements relating to the employment and remuneration of part-time teachers have been agreed with the Teachers' Salaries and Conditions of Service Negotiating Committee.

Remuneration

All qualified, part-time teachers shall be remunerated for each hour worked at a rate based on the annual rate of salary that would be appropriate if they were employed in a full-time capacity as follows: -

  1. If employed for a period of less than 12 months at an hourly rate determined by dividing the annual rate of salary by 1265;
  2. If employed for a continuous period of 12 months or more in such other circumstances as the Department of Education may determine, at a monthly rate determined by dividing the annual rate of salary by 32.4 and multiplying by the contracted hours per week and dividing by 12;
  3. If unqualified, at a fixed hourly rate to be determined in the Teachers' Salaries Determinations. Conditions of appointment

Each employer will determine the number of hours a part-time teacher is to be employed and the length of contract (e.g.) 12 months or less). In determining the ration of class contact and directed time, employers should use the rate of 1 additional hour of directed time for every 3 hours spent teaching children in a formal situation. Employers may aggregate non-teaching time to enable all part-time teachers to take part in staff meetings, parents' meetings, in-service training or other such activities as the employer may determine to include within the directed time.

A part-time teacher appointed after 1 August 1990 for a continuous period of 12 months is eligible for: -

  1. Sick leave in accordance with the Teachers' Salaries Determinations;
  2. Maternity leave in accordance with the Teachers' Occupational Maternity Scheme;
  3. Complete their probationary period in accordance with arrangements laid down by the Department of Education and the Teachers' Eligibility Regulations laid down by the Department of Education and the Teachers' Eligibility Regulations (NI) 1987;
  4. For promotion and other allowances;
  5. To have such service admitted for the purposes of the Teachers' Superannuation Regulations (NI) 1977.

Salary will be paid at monthly intervals in line with the normal payment for full time teachers.

The part-time teacher shall not be employed for more than 1265 hours in any school year (32.4 hours per week) and shall not be paid more by way of salary in respect of accumulated service than he/she would have received had he/she been employed in a full-time permanent capacity throughout the year.

Where a teacher is required to undertake additional directed time beyond that provided in his/her contract he/she will be paid on a pro-rata basis for each extra hour. The reason for the additional hours should be recorded in Section A of the Monthly School Return.

A Summary of the Conditions is below for easy reference.

Part-time teachers appointed for a period of less than 12 months Part-time teachers appointed for a period of 12 months or more
Contract of Employment (at Employer's discretion) Daily Basis Annual basis Note: A teacher who is appointed to replace a teacher who had a 12- month contract shall be regarded as continuing that
contract
Salary Placing Shall be placed on the main teachers' salary scale having regard to qualifications and/or experience as though appointed in a full-time
capacity
Shall be placed on the main teachers' salary scale having regard to qualifications
and/or relevant experience as though appointed in a full-time capacity
Payment of Salary A qualified teacher shall be remunerated at
1/1265th of annual salary for each hour. An
unqualified teacher shall be remunerated at the appropriate fixed hourly rate
Shall be remunerated at a monthly rate calculated by dividing the annual full-time
salary rate by 32.4, multiplying by contract
hours per week and dividing by 12
Incremental Progression An increment on the teachers' main salary scale shall be awarded on completion of the
equivalent of 12 months full-time service, unless paid on a fixed hourly rate
An increment on the teachers' main salary scale shall be awarded on completion of the equivalent of 12 months full-time service
Promotion Allowances At the discretion of the employer At the discretion of the employer
Vacations Unpaid Unpaid
Exceptional Closing Paid Paid
Absences owing to illness Unpaid Paid in accordance with the illness or other Teachers' Salaries (NI) Regulations 1987 - amended to include such part-time teachers
Maternity Leave Unpaid Paid in accordance with the Teachers' Salaries (Maternity Absence) Regulations (NI) 1987 amended to include such part-time teachers
Probation With effect from 1 August 1990 the  probationary period may be completed even whilst serving in a part-time capacity With effect from 1 August 1990 the probationary period may be completed even whilst serving in a part- time capacity
Directed Time A part-time teacher shall undertake directed time at a ratio of 1 hour for every 3 hours class contact time
Additional Class Contact Hours At the discretion of the employer At the discretion of the employer
Superannuation Not admissible All service shall be admissible for purposes of
the Teachers' Superannuation Regulations (NI) 1987

Procedure

The Employing Authority shall complete form TR142 for each part-time teacher appointed except those employed on a casual, daily basis. The completed form should be attached to the Appointment Form (Form TR23) and both should be forwarded to the Department of Education, Teachers' Branch without delay.