New teacher-sharing scheme announced by minister

New teacher-sharing scheme announced by minister
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

A NEW teacher-sharing scheme aimed at alleviating some of the recruitment issues facing schools has been announced.

Education Minister Joe McHugh urged school principals to sign up to the new scheme, which will allow post-primary schools to share teachers in priority subjects.

The initiative will start from the beginning of the 2019/2020 academic school year and will be reviewed after the first year of operation.

Mr McHugh said: “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.”

The scheme is one of a range of measures contained in the minister’s Action Plan for Teacher Supply, published last November.

The development and implementation of the plan is being led by the Teacher Supply Steering Group, in recognition of the significant recruitment challenges some schools have experienced.

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