Covid-19 Income Support Scheme for substitute teachers

Education Minister Peter Weir has announced a scheme to help support substitute teachers during the Covid-19 crisis. Substitute teachers have been unable to access secure work as schools are closed except for vulnerable children and those of key workers. The scheme will ensure that eligible substitute teachers, engaged between 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020, will have access to an income for the period April to June 2020. They will receive an additional income through this scheme which will top up their income to at least 80% of that earned in the period January to March 2020.

How to apply

The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial support to substitute teachers who no longer have access to work as a result of the Covid-19 crisis during April to June 2020. 


  1. Who can apply?
  2. How much you will receive.
  3. When will I receive my payment?
  4. How can I apply?

Who can apply? 

You can apply if you:

  • have worked as a substitute teacher in Northern Ireland in January, February or March 2020;
  • have lost the opportunity for income as a substitute teacher in Northern Ireland through school closures due to COVID-19;
  • are available to work as a substitute teacher, if required, in May and June 2020, (if you are unavailable to work as a result of following PHA advice, you may still apply to the scheme);
  • are not in receipt of a teacher’s pension.

How much you will receive

The scheme has been developed to subsidise the income of substitute teachers to a level of at least 80% of that earned in the period from January to March 2020. 

Payment will be calculated based on 80% of the average days/hours you worked during the period 1 January to 31 March 2020. Payments will be processed through the payroll system for substitute teachers, with the normal tax, national insurance and pension contributions deducted. 
Actual days/hours worked, or booked to work, during the period April to June 2020, will be offset against any claim for days/hours through the scheme.


Anne worked an average of 10 days a month in January 2020 to March 2020 as a substitute teacher. Her maximum payment through the scheme would be 8 days i.e. 80% of 10 days.Anne was booked through NISTR for 5 days in April, 10 days in May and no days in June. The school in which she was booked will pay her for the 5 days in April and 10 days in May.The scheme will provide Anne income as follows:

For April: 8 days (her entitlement through the scheme) less 5 days booked and paid for by the school = 3 days 
For May: As the 10 days booked by the school is more than her 8 days entitlement through the scheme, Anne will receive no additional payment through the scheme.
For June: Anne will receive 8 days (80% of the average 10 days) payment through the scheme.

When will I receive my payments?

If eligible, you should expect to receive your first payment (for April and May) on 16 June 2020, and a second payment (for June) on 20 July 2020 if paid through DE Payroll. Payment dates through Voluntary Grammar Schools will vary.

How can I apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria detailed above and wish to apply for this scheme you should click on this link and complete and submit the online application form by Tuesday 26 May 2020

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