New teacher sharing scheme for post-primary schools

The Government has announced a new scheme to allow post-primary schools to share teachers in priority subjects.

The scheme will start from the beginning of the 2019/20 school year and will be reviewed after the first year of operation.

Education Minister Joe McHugh said that the aim of this scheme is to alleviate some of the challenges schools have faced in recruiting teachers. 

This new approach to filling posts is a solution for principals who are seeking teachers and graduates who are looking for full-time employment and more options for work, he said

The teacher sharing initiative is one of a range of actions contained in the Action Plan for Teacher Supply, published by the Minister in November 2018.

The development and implementation of the Action Plan is led by the Teacher Supply Steering Group, chaired by the Secretary General of the Department Seán Ó Foghlú, in recognition of the significant recruitment challenges some schools have experienced.

The aim of this initiative is to provide more options to ease recruitment pressures in some specific subject areas such as STEM, modern languages, Irish and home economics.

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