Posted by SchoolDays Newshound, on 29/11/2021. Tags: Teachers
The Minister for Education, Norma Foley, has issued a circular letter to post primary schools setting out a suite of measures to alleviate the pressure schools are experiencing sourcing substitute teachers. The purpose of the arrangements is to provide school management "with an alternative means of sourcing appropriate substitution cover through the existing arrangements (paid substitution and the Supervision and Substitution Scheme). "
This voluntary arrangement will allow teachers already working in schools to provide substitute cover in addition to the maximum number of 22 hours teaching per week. Under the scheme: A teacher can provide up to a maximum of 35 additional hours to be utilised between now and the end of February 2022, at which point these temporary emergency arrangements will cease.
The additional payment provided for in this arrangement will be made only for hours that are delivered under this temporary emergency arrangement. Any such hours undertaken are over and above, and do not affect a teacher’s existing contractual obligations in terms of her/his existing commitments to the school(s), including the Supervision and Substitution rota arrangements as already agreed and scheduled for the school year.
According to the section on payment arrangements, "Payment is based on the Personal Rate of Pay (to include allowances if applicable). This payment will be non-pensionable. There is no entitlement for these hours to be included in any calculation for incremental progression, service history, Contract of Indefinite Duration or reckonable service for pension purposes. "
View the full circular letter here
The AST has issued a statement today expressing it's dispay at the "Minister’s unfair emergency substitution arrangements". While welcoming the initiatives that have been announced, the ASTI is "strongly critical of a further temporary arrangement being put in place whereby additional payment is available to teachers already working in a school to provide substitute cover hours beyond their contractual obligations, for up to 35 hours prior to February 2022. "
The ASTI expressed the view that theMinister has chosen to construct this scheme on the structures provided by the discriminatory and unequal pay scales that divide and besmirch the profession. Lesser-paid teachers will again be dealt a blow that hits them hard in their pockets. The ASTI calculates that a typical teacher on the Post 2010 pay scale will earn approximately 20% less under the scheme than those on the Pre 2011 pay scale "