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