Wednesday, 15 June 2022
Department of Education and Skills
144. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the impact that the pandemic has had on the ability of substitute teachers to qualify for the supplementary panel on the basis of hours worked due to their loss of 65 available days during the school closure in 2020; if she will consider awarding a proportion of the 65 days for which schools were closed to substitute teachers for increment and panel-qualification purposes based on the proportion of available days worked; if she will alternatively consider reducing the threshold for increments and qualification from 183 days to 123 days for that year only in order to assist this group which has already suffered financially in the pandemic; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [31233/22]
The core function of the redeployment arrangements is to facilitate the redeployment of all surplus permanent teachers to other schools that have vacancies. Thereafter, schools are required under the panel arrangements to fill permanent vacancies from supplementary panels comprised of eligible fixed-term (temporary/substitute) and part-time teachers.
The criteria, reviewed annually with the Education Partners, are published on the Department website. Circular 57/2021 sets out the arrangements for the Supplementary Panel for the 2022/23 school year.