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Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme

Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme

Opportunities for Recently Qualified Teachers under the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme

About the Scheme

The Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme (hereafter referred to as 'the Scheme')is operating in the 2018/19 financial year.

The policy aims of the Scheme are to refresh and re-profile the teaching workforce by enabling the release of permanent teachers aged 55 years and over, at 30 April 2018, from the teaching profession and to replace the vacant posts with Recently Qualified Teachers* who are not in permanent teaching employment at the date of application, who have qualified to teach in 2013, up to and including those who have qualified during 2017 (that is 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and are registered with the General Teaching Council of Northern Ireland (GTCNI) to teach by the date of taking up post.

The Department of Education and the employing authorities believe that there is objective justification for the restriction of eligibility for replacement posts to Recently Qualified Teachers as described above. A High Court judgment in 2017 confirmed the legality of this approach.  

More information regarding the Scheme is available on the DE website www.education-ni.gov.uk/articles/investing-teaching-workforce   

* Under the terms of the Scheme, Recently Qualified Teachers are defined as those who have qualified to teach in 2013, up to and including those who will have qualified during 2017 (that is 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) who are not in permanent teaching employment and are registered with GTCNI to each by the date of taking up post.   

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