Following the recent completion of a pilot Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme, a further Scheme is being launched which will release up to 200 teachers in 2018-19. Funding for the Scheme has been secured from the Public Sector Transformation Fund (PSTF)
The pilot Scheme was delayed due to a legal challenge and it is acknowledged that this presented uncertainty for participants in the Scheme. The judgement in the High Court confirmed that there was objective justification for restricting recruitment under the Scheme to a specific cohort of recently qualified teachers.
The 2018-19 Scheme will operate on the same basis as the pilot scheme by providing an opportunity for refreshment of the teaching workforce. It will allow teachers in permanent posts who are aged 55 years and above at 30 April 2018 to apply for premature retirement. This in turn will provide job opportunities for teachers who have qualified in the years 2013 up to and including 2017.
Circular 2018/04 below provides guidelines on the operation of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme in 2018/19.
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.