Investing in the Teaching Workforce Pilot Scheme
Thirty-one teachers will leave the profession under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme. Departures will take place between December 2017 and March 2018.
Job opportunities for recently qualified teachers will be advertised by the Education Authority and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) this week.
The aim of the pilot scheme is to refresh the teaching workforce by enabling the release of teachers aged 55 years and over whilst providing job opportunities for teachers who have qualified to teach in 2012 up to and including 2016.
An evaluation will be carried out to see if the anticipated benefits have been realised after which the Department will decide on next steps.
The Pilot Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme is proceeding following the judgement in the Department’s favour in response to an application for Judicial Review.
The Department will be holding workshops to assist Boards of Governors to complete a School Workforce Assessment - this is a condition of participation in the Scheme. The workshops will be held during the last 2 weeks in September. Following this, the recruitment process for Recently Qualified Teachers will commence.
The release date for teachers who wish to leave the profession under the terms of the Scheme will be determined following the recruitment and confirmed date of appointment for a Recently Qualified Teacher at the respective school. It is unlikely that releases will happen before 31 December 2017.
Investing in the Teaching Workforce – outcome of legal challenge
Following a successful hearing at the High Court on Friday 19 May 2017 the Department can confirm that the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme will proceed.
We intend to consult further with the Employing Authorities on the appropriate timing of the implementation of the pilot scheme.
Whilst it is intended that conditional offers already made to teachers will be able to proceed, those who have been successful in their application to leave the profession under the terms of the Scheme will not do so in this 2016/17 academic year.
Proposals for implementation of the paused Scheme will be finalised and schools will be notified as soon as possible.
Investing in the Teaching Workforce - update 9th March 2017
The Department of Education has received a legal challenge in respect of the Scheme; a full Judicial Review hearing is expected in May 2017.
The legal challenge relates to the Scheme stipulation that applications for replacement teaching positions will be open to Recently Qualified Teachers. The applicant believes that this is unlawful age-related discrimination. The Department believes that there is strong objective justification for the Scheme and is contesting the challenge on that basis.
Given the need to plan and deliver the Scheme in a manner which delivers certainty and minimises disruption for schools and pupils, the Department has taken a decision to pause implementation until the Court has considered the Judicial Review application. This means that the planned exits of serving teachers and recruitment of Recently Qualified Teachers under the terms of the Scheme will not take place in the 2016/17 academic year. Applications which have received conditional approval for release will be revisited once the outcome of the legal challenge is known.
The Department realises that the decision to pause the Scheme will bring disappointment for those who have received a conditional offer to leave the profession under the terms of the Scheme and for Recently Qualified Teachers hoping for the opportunity to apply for permanent posts. However, the Department believes that a pause is an appropriate response in the circumstances.
Circular 2016/12 below provides guidelines on the operation of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme in 2016/17.
The application form below should be downloaded for completion.
Should you have any questions in relation to the Scheme please refer to the document below.
Circular 2016/13 below gives effect in law to a new rate of pay effective from 1 September 2016 for teachers prematurely retired under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme who are re-employed.
- DE Circular 2016/13 - Rate of Pay for Teachers Prematurely Retired under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme.
- Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme, 2016/17 (Pilot) - Department of Education Equality and Human Rights Policy Screening
Application for premature retirement