Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Department of Education and Skills
169. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress his Department has made in respect of the implementation of the Ward report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18971/18]
The Haddington Road Agreement provided for the establishment of an Expert Group to consider and report on the level of fixed-term and part-time employment in teaching, having regard to the importance for teachers of employment stability and security and taking account of system and school needs and Teaching Council registration requirements.
The report of the Chair of the Expert Group (the Ward Report) was published in September 2014.
The Report recommended changes to take place from the commencement of the 2015/16 school year. These changes were implemented by my Department under Circular 0023/2015 (primary) and Circular 0024/2015 (post-primary).
The changes recommended in the Report and implemented by my Department allow fixed-term and part-time teachers to acquire permanent full-time positions more easily and quickly than before.