Terms of sick leave scheme
For an ordinary illness, teachers are entitled to 183 days paid sick leave in a rolling four-year period.
This is subject to a further limit of 92 days on full salary in any rolling twelve-month period, after which any remaining sick leave entitlement will be paid at half-pay.
In a rolling two-year period, seven of these days may be taken as self-certified sick leave.
For a more serious illness, a teacher may apply for the Critical Illness Protocol (CIP), which may extend their access to paid sick leave. See FAQ below for further details about CIP.
Sick leave calculator
The INTO sick leave calculator can only provide members with a snapshot of their ordinary sick leave entitlement and cannot take account of extended sick leave which may be granted under the Critical Illness Protocol (CIP), or if a teacher’s absences are due to a Pregnancy Related Sick Leave (PRSL).
Furthermore, if a teacher has taken a career break in the relevant four-year period, time on career break should be discounted from the count-back for sick leave.
Please see FAQs below for a more detailed explanation of how sick leave is calculated, and the impact of career breaks, CIP, or PRSL on your entitlements.
Members with complex sick leave queries may prefer to contact the INTO Queryline.
Publication of Circular 13/2024 – Sick Leave Scheme
On 1 February 2024, the Department of Education published circular 13/2024, Sick Leave Scheme for Registered Teachers Employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools, here (PDF).
Key changes in circular 13/2024 include:
- The introduction of a three-day waiting period for the payment of temporary rehabilitation remuneration (TRR). This waiting period will not apply for teachers transitioning directly from full or half pay to TRR, or where teachers have been approved for the Critical Illness Protocol.
- A change in the service requirement from five years to two years to access TRR for members of the pre 2013 pension scheme;
- TRR will be paid at a flat rate of 37.5% of salary (inclusive of Illness Benefit where applicable). However, a five-year transitional period will apply for teachers who, when using the previous calculation of TRR, would have received a rate higher than 37.5%, during which time the higher rate will be paid.
- Absences on TRR will now be included as part of the 183 days of ordinary sick leave available in a rolling four year period, or up to 365 days where CIP has been granted. Heretofore, only absences on full-pay and half-pay sick leave were included in this count-back.
- The four-year rolling period will be extended to take account of certain absences on unpaid leave.
The FAQs below will be updated in the coming days to incorporate these and other changes, and a further supplement on sick leave outlining the changes will be published in the March/April edition of InTouch.