Teaching Council announces measures to enhance supply of teachers for supervision and substitution as schools reopen

The Teaching Council is introducing a range of interventions to support teaching and school communities as they prepare for re-opening. The measures form part of the wider approach for the reopening of schools being co-ordinated by the Minister and Department of Education in consultation with all stakeholders in education.

The measures being introduced by the Teaching Council are focused on increasing the supply of registered teachers who are available to fill vacancies, including supervision and substitution roles, to support the re-opening of schools for the 2020/21 school year.

There are 106,000 qualified teachers registered with the Teaching Council. It is estimated that up to 6,000 of these teachers are not fully deployed in schools and may be available for substitution and supervision. The Teaching Council will be contacting this potential grouping directly to encourage their participation in supporting the return to school.

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD said: “I am pleased to welcome the range of measures being taken by the Teaching Council to support the re-opening of schools at both primary and post-primary level.

“I announced last week that the Department is making funding for 1,080 new teachers at post-primary level available and putting in place new substitution and supply arrangements to provide additional teachers to all schools, in these extraordinary circumstances.

“I am pleased to say that a new Teaching Council regulation will enable, on an exceptional basis, teachers who are qualified abroad to complete their induction in Ireland. This is an added source of teacher supply and I have no doubt that this, along with the combination of other measures, will enhance the supply of qualified teachers available to primary and post-primary schools for the new school year.

“I would like to thank the Teaching Council for its work in supporting teacher supply, and particularly for its work connecting with the teachers on the register that may wish to re-commence teaching or increase their hours, to enable a safe return to school for all.”

Register Your Availability

Any teachers registered with the Teaching Council who are in a position to provide more substitution and supervision or to fill vacancies, are asked to register their availability through www.educationposts.ie and in particular through the Sub Seeker platform for short-term substitution requirements.

Teachers who are graduating this summer are asked to follow the instructions, including completing their vetting, in the email that they receive from the Teaching Council when the results have transferred over from the higher education institutions.

Higher Education Institutions (Teacher Education Universities and Colleges)

The Teaching Council has also consulted with the higher education institutions to identify mechanisms which will facilitate the availability of registered teachers on school placement to also be available to schools on a further basis as an additional resource including supervision and substitution. The HEIs will enable this in a number of innovative ways, including adjusting times of course delivery and tutorials for student teachers, also including online course delivery (which has already been established in view of the current pandemic).

Universities and colleges providing the Professional Master of Education (PME) post-primary programme of initial teacher education have also introduced flexibility in their course delivery to increase the amount of time which registered teachers on school placement can provide for supervision and substitution, outside of their placement hours.

Teachers Qualified Abroad

The Minister for Education on 30 July 2020 signed a Teaching Council regulation order which will allow, on an exceptional, time-bound and once-off basis, teachers who have qualified outside of Ireland but who have not completed the required period of induction in the country in which they have qualified to complete their induction in Ireland. This will require registration with the Teaching Council in compliance with all necessary standards prior to being able to teach. This measure will also be particularly relevant to Irish citizens who have studied and qualified abroad and who may wish to return to the Irish education sector as we deal with our current challenges.

Please click here for more information on how to apply under this regulation.

Recruitment and Employment

The recruitment and employment of teachers will continue to be handled in the normal way by school management and their related patron bodies, subject, as usual, to the necessary registration and vetting processes in line with the professional standards regulations of the Teaching Council. Candidates should visit www.educationposts.ie in the first instance.

Director of The Teaching Council, Tomás Ó Ruairc said: “The re-opening of schools, and keeping them open, in the next academic year is an absolute priority for the State and for school communities nationwide, most particularly teachers, pupils, parents and families. The Teaching Council will continue its close collaboration with the Department of Education and stakeholders to support our school communities in this process.

“The measures we are announcing today are designed to maximise the available pool of registered teachers to support schools in meeting their recruitment, supervision and substitution requirements in the next academic year. “Since 1 May, the Council has added 1,600 teachers to the register. It is anticipated that up to 3,200 new registrations will be processed by end of August. Each year, we process over 30,000 vetting declarations for teachers. Right now we are in the middle of our streamlined registration process for newly qualified teachers. This process has already been moved fully online in response to Covid-19.

“The re-opening of schools is asking all members of the school community – including teachers, parents and students – to come together in a spirit of mutual respect, care, integrity and trust. It asks leaders in all sectors of society to do what must be done to support our school communities in this collective endeavour. It may take a village to raise a child. It takes a nation, working together, to educate our children.”

The Chair of the Teaching Council, Seán McMahon, said: “When the current crisis loomed, teachers answered the call, transforming the learning and education environment to support students to the maximum possible, albeit under the most challenging of circumstances. I have no doubt that this dedication, and long standing commitment, will continue apace as schools reopen and the entire community of stakeholders involved in the education sector is energised to support teachers, students and schools.

“As the statutory professional standards body for teaching, working with multiple stakeholders in education, it is our experience that there is a very high level of commitment among the teaching profession to support school communities as the new school year approaches. This responsibility and commitment is grounded in the core values of the Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers – respect, care, integrity, and trust – the underpinning values and standards within the teaching profession. We look forward to further collaboration with all stakeholders in supporting our school communities as we continue to safeguard the vital role that education plays in our collective wellbeing and progress.”

Other protocols and documents to be referred to:

Guidance Note for School Placement 2020/2021

Protocol for Registered Teachers on School Placement during the 2020/2021 Academic year

The Teaching Council’s Initial Teacher Education Criteria and Guidelines for Programme Providers (2017)

Guidelines on School Placement (2013).


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Publication: Training for Reopening of Schools

Training for reopening schools

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NAPD sets the scene for school reopening as Covid Committee hears from Ireland’s secondary school leaders

NAPD sets the scene for school reopening as Covid Committee hears from Ireland’s secondary school leaders

A full return to school in late August-September described by school leaders as “best outcome”, provided it is safe to do so for all students and staff.

  • The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) to present to Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response on key challenges set for schools and school leaders as return to traditional post-primary education planned
  • Minister for Education Norma Foley and all education stakeholders must take key learnings from recent months to modernise post primary education
  • Leaving Certificate reform and digital learning access for all students must now be progressed
  • Extra school resources essential as challenges of dated infrastructure, social distancing, immunocompromised students and staff, and blended learning to be heard by committee members.

The National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) is set to present to the Oireachtas Special Committee on Ireland’s Covid-19 response, today, Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

Alan Mongey, NAPD President and Principal of Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in Claregalway and Paul Byrne, NAPD Deputy Director will outline the challenges facing post-primary education as schools plan to reopen in late August–September.

The NAPD and school leaders from the over 700 post-primary schools it represents have been at the forefront of ensuring continued student learning and the implementation of the Leaving Cert ‘calculated grades’ programme, necessary due to Ireland’s Covid-19 restrictions.

This in-depth insight into the challenges brought about by Covid-19 has led to a clear understanding among post-primary school leaders that “a one-size-fits-all solution to school reopening will not work”.

What’s needed?

While the reopening of schools will create huge responsibility for all involved, centralised Department of Education support, guidance, and procurement is essential to reduce the burden that will be placed on school leaders.

As it stands, it will be principals and deputy principals who are primarily tasked with leading and managing any return to traditional education. This workload will add to that of an already over-stretched cohort who were already calling for increased resources and support pre-Covid-19.

Each school requires:

  • The appointment of a Covid-19 assistant to implement and monitor full public health guidelines.
  • Financial investment to allow the purchase of increased cleaning and social distancing infrastructure.

Learnings from Covid-19

While Covid-19 has brought about unprecedented challenges for post primary education, it can now provide us with an opportunity to reflect and allow what the NAPD describes as “key learnings to be made on reforming an education sector” that in recent times has proven to be “unfit for adaption”.

The Association is set to call on education stakeholders to use Covid-19 as a precedent for rolling out blended learning, Leaving Cert reform and school digitalisation, all progressions it describes as having previously been “unworkable” and which now are completely necessary.

Speaking ahead of the NAPD’s presentation to the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response, Alan Mongey, NAPD President, said:

“The NAPD welcomes the opportunity to present to the Oireachtas Committee today as the body representing school leaders from over 700 post-primary schools across Ireland.

“School leaders are committed to working in partnership with all education stakeholders to prepare for the safe reopening of schools in late August and September in order to provide the best education for all students. There is no doubt that a return to traditional education as soon as possible is the best outcome for all concerned.

“Increased investment in education is essential. The choice for government is an important one: a failure to adequately invest in the short term will lead to a further loss in learning opportunities for those students whose school year and learning has been interrupted. The rollout of proper resourcing now can prevent further learning loss and ensure no student is disadvantaged.

“Likewise, a failure to take and implement learnings from Covid-19 to reform post-primary education will be a missed opportunity and will leave us ill-equipped to face a similar future pandemic scenario.”




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Teaching Transforms – Teacher Supply Newsletter

A chara,


As part of our commitment to communicate regularly with all of our stakeholders, I am pleased to now send you the link to our second Teacher Supply newsletter.  The newsletter can be found on our landing page; www.gov.ie/teachingtransforms or by clicking here.


As part of our ongoing campaign to promote the teaching profession, we developed a dedicated landing page for use by those looking for more information on teaching in Ireland.  The landing page can be found here; www.gov.ie/teachingtransforms, and there is also a campaign hashtag for use on social media; #teachingtransforms.


In order to increase the effectiveness of the campaign promoting the teaching profession and our recently published newsletter, we would be grateful if you would consider including a link to the landing page on your organisation’s website and also promoting the newsletter within your organisation.


If you would like any additional information in relation to the promotional campaign or this latest Teacher Supply newsletter, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Many thanks,


Damien O’Neill



Damien O’Neill

Teacher Supply Secretariat


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Department of Education and Skills


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NAPD welcomes the appointment of new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, but describes challenges now facing post-primary education as the ‘most pressing in the State’s history’

NAPD welcomes the appointment of new Minister for Education, Norma Foley, but describes challenges now facing post-primary education as the ‘most pressing in the State’s history’

  • NAPD has called on the new Minister to adequately resource secondary schools to enable their reopening in September and use the lessons learned from Covid-19 to advance Senior Cycle reforms;
  • School leaders also call for increased supports to address the principal recruitment and retention crisis, a growing issue in the sector;
  • Social distancing, immunocompromised teachers and students, student access to broadband and digital devices and school transport among key issues post Covid-19;
  • Clive Byrne, Director NAPD: “Never has there been a more pressing time for addressing the immediate and long-term challenges of the post primary sector and we look forward to engaging with the Minister and her officials on these issues in the weeks and months ahead.”


The National Association of Principals & Deputy Principals (NAPD) has today, Saturday, 27 June 2020, congratulated Minister Foley on her appointment as Minister for Education and set out its key asks as she embarks on her new role.

The NAPD has been a key player in the education sector’s response and adaptation to challenges brought about by Covid-19. School leaders, already under resourced, have gone above and beyond to ensure continuation of learning for students and the successful implementation of the Leaving Certificate ‘calculated grades’ programme.

Clive Byrne, Director NAPD, says “There has never been a more challenging time for Irish education. We have endeavoured to adapt our teaching and examination processes so as to not disadvantage any student and we now need further resourcing and support from Minister Foley to make this a reality.”

As schools are asked to prepare to reopen this September, the immediate needs for the safety and wellbeing of all second level students and staff include:

  • Adequate financial resourcing for increased protection and cleaning requirements to prevent Covid-19 transmission.
  • Investments in technology and broadband infrastructure to allow remote learning and teaching for immunocompromised students and teachers.
  • Blended learning guidance and resources to optimise student experience.
  • Investment in school transport services to facilitate student safety, within public health guidelines.

The NAPD has also called on Minister Foley to acknowledge the learnings for the post primary education sector, during the Covid-19 lockdown and public health response. School leaders have outlined the need for substantial Leaving Certificate reform for many years. The challenges brought about by Covid-19 for executing the traditional, outdated, state examinations process have been brought to light and given full public scrutiny. It is now clear that a new approach must be taken.

The Programme for Government includes a plan to hold a ‘Citizens Assembly’ on Irish education and the NAPD believes this will be a crucial moment to strategise reform of the sector for the new Minister.

Commenting on the appointment of Minister Foley, Clive Byrne, Director NAPD, said:

“The NAPD, as the representative body of school leaders in over 700 secondary schools, looks forward to working closely with Minister Foley during the term of next Government. In order to achieve substantial progress for our students, we ask that the Minister engages with and listens to all education stakeholders.

“Of upmost urgency is the need to adequately resource and support secondary schools as we work to reopen this September. We must receive clear, realistic guidance from the Minister and her officials in order to protect the safety of all our students and staff.

“It would be regrettable for the Minister to not take learnings from the past number of months and the challenges Covid-19 has brought about for Irish education. We ask that we now move to future proof our state examinations system and execute reforms that have the best interests of our students at heart.

“School leaders and all those working in education have gone above and beyond in recent months and we must now address the long-term issues of principal recruitment and retention to ensure all our schools are appropriately led into a post Covid-19 era.” 


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School Transport Scheme – Information for schools in regard to processing grant payments / An Scéim Iompair Scoile – Eolas do scoileanna maidir le próiseáil íocaíochtaí deontais

As you are aware, we recently introduced a temporary workaround process to allow transport applications for children with Special Educational Needs to continue to be submitted at this time. The workaround was put in place to ensure continuity during this period of Covid-19 related restrictions and has been working very well with applications being received and processed regularly and I would like to thank you all again for your co-operation and support with the process.


In line with normal practice, at this time of year School Transport Section plans to commence work on issuing grant payments to families availing of the Special Transport Grant, the Remote Area Grant and to also pay School Bus Escort Grants directly to schools.  We now plan to contact schools to advise them of the grants that will be processed and the manner and proposed timelines in which we will be processing them.  We ask you to please note that there is one change to the way we normally process these grants and this change relates to Special Transport Grant for which we have put a proposed work around in place so as to ensure continuity of payment to families during this time, details of which are set out in the attached documents.


In relation to Escort Grants and Remote Area Grants we are continuing to process these in the normal way, however we have set up dedicated email addresses within the School Transport Section to allow us to process these remotely and in a timely fashion.


Attached is a document outlining the grants that will be processed, the manner in which we will be processing them and proposed timelines for processing them.


With regard to the Special Transport Grant and details of the proposed work around, please also find attached a letter to Principals and Statement of Attendance form for circulation to all schools within your remit. We propose to also make this information available on the Department’s website.


Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.


Kind regards,



Acting Principal Officer, School Transport Section

Documents below

1. Communication to Management Bodies re Payment Processes for STG-RAG-E…

1. Teachtaireacht chuig Comhlachtaí Bainistíochta maidir leis an bPróise…

2. Próiseas Malartach do Scoileanna chun Foirmeacha RÁITEAS TINRIMH maid…

2. Workaround for Schools to send STG SOA Forms

3. STG Statement of Attendance Form

3. Foirm Ráiteas Tinrimh le haghaidh DEONTAS IOMPAIR SPEISIALTA

Minister McHugh announces opening of Calculated Grades Data Collection App for Schools

Minister McHugh announces opening of Calculated Grades Data Collection App for Schools


The Department of Education and Skills has today, Monday 8 June 2020, confirmed an online application system has gone live for schools to upload data for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades.


The data collection application has been created for schools to enter the relevant data on Leaving Certificate students’ estimated percentage marks and class rankings.


The online system went live today at midday and will remain open until close of business on Friday 19 June 2020.


Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said: “The opening of the online system for schools to upload data for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades is another important stage in the process.


“I want to acknowledge the work of teachers, principals and school staff who are collaborating at this time to ensure that students’ estimated marks and class rankings are compiled and uploaded to the system before the deadline of Friday 19 June.


“I also want to take this opportunity to thank the students once again for registering with the system.”


Schools have been provided with a detailed guidance document Calculated Grades Data Collection Guide for Data Entry Users and Approvers on use of this system.


Schools have also been provided with a matrix document showing students and their subjects and levels.


A dedicated helpline and email address are available to support schools during the process.


Over 60,150 Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied students have registered on the Calculated Grades Student Portal since it opened.


In addition, more than 3,000 Leaving Certificate Applied students who are in year one of their two-year programme have also registered, as they will be eligible to receive Calculated Grades in certain modules.


Students will be contacted over the summer when they will be given the opportunity to opt-in to receive Calculated Grades.


For more information, visit gov.ie/leavingcertificate




Summer Programme Provision

There has been engagement with the Department of Education and Skills in relation to possible summer programme provision for disadvantaged students . A webinar/  information session will be arranged in the coming days so that schools who may wish to participate in such programmes can obtain further information. Details of the webinar will issue in due course.

NAPD Membership Registration/Renewal 2020 2021

We are delighted to let you all know that the NAPD Membership Registration/Renewal is now open earlier that expected.

This year we introduce our new way of paying for your Membership. Direct Debit. Yes. If you chose this way of paying we will issue you a Direct Debit Mandate which will be set up to be renewed on an Annual Basis. This will mean, no more yearly forms to be completed and your membership will be automatically renewed on an annual basis.

Benefits of becoming an NAPD Member:

  • The only professional association to represent all post-primary principals and deputy principals
  • A major voice in Irish Education with The Department of Education and Skills, IPPN, Management Bodies, NCSE, NCCA, Teaching Council, Teacher Unions, College Awareness Week, BeLonGTo
  • Access to ARAG (formally DAS), the insurance company who provide Legal Advice and Legal Fees Indemnity
  • Key Contributing partner with the Centre for School Leadership (CSL)
  • Mentoring through the NAPD Local Support Service
  • Full Access to the NAPD Website, Very Useful Guide and the monthly Bulletin
  • Eligibility to attend the Annual Conference and Regional Branch Meetings
  • Dedicated specialist sub-committees and working groups, including Further Education & Training
  • Access to Leading 4 Learning Workshops
  • Access to arts-in-education funding through Creative Engagement
  • Free Quarterly Journal – NAPD Leader
  • Discounts for NAPD Publications
  • Pre-retirement advice and access to NAPD-Retired

We would also encourage more Electronic Transfers this term if this is possible with your school. Cheques will still be accepted.

You can complete the membership online or you can download the membership form to complete.

All hard copy correspondence will need to be sent to an alternative address for now:
Michelle O’Hanlon
Office Manager
“Membership” National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals
C/O 4 Castleland Court
Co Dublin 

Soft Copy Correspondence to be sent to:
info@napd.ie with Membership 2020/2021 in the subject line

We also need to regrettably advise in the light of current health advice and to ensure the safety of members, NAPD Annual Conference due to take place in October has been postponed and will be rescheduled to a future date. Further information will be communicated to members as soon as a decision is made but NAPD has been advised that under the current guidelines a conference of 500 – 600 delegates will not be permitted during 2020.

If you would like to register/renew your membership please complete the online form https://forms.gle/QmVViyqCY275zYTM7  or you can download the PDF format here complete and post/email back.

Best wishes to you all, Stay Safe Stay Well.

Kind regards,

NAPD Head Office