Circulars

Staff

Circular 0078/2022 – Bereavement Leave Scheme for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

The purpose of this Circular is to set out the revised provisions under the Bereavement Leave Scheme, which may be granted by the employer to a teacher, in the event of the death of their relative.

Circular 0074/2022 – Panel access for fixed-term/temporary (this includes substitute) and part-time teachers to the Supplementary Redeployment Panel for the 2023/24 school year

The purpose of this circular is to set out the arrangements for access to the supplementary redeployment panels for the 2023/24 school year for eligible registered primary teachers in fixed-term/temporary positions (this includes substitute positions) and part-time positions in recognised primary schools.

Parent’s Leave Scheme for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

Circular Letter 0050/2022 – The Minister for Education, pursuant to the power contained in Section 24 of the Education Act (as amended), directs employers to implement the regulations and procedures, as stated, for eligible registered teachers employed in approved teaching posts funded by monies provided by the Oireachtas.

Release Time for Principals in Primary Schools for the 2022/23 School Year

The purpose of this circular is to set out the number of days that teaching principals may take as release time in a school year in the 2022/23 school year. This circular supersedes previous circulars, 0019/2020 and 14/01.

Staffing arrangements for 2022-2023 

The purpose of this circular is to inform all primary school management and staff of the staffing arrangements for primary schools for the 2022/23 school year.

Revision of Working Hours in Recognised Primary, Voluntary Secondary Schools in the Free Education Scheme

Implementation of the Independent Hours Body Recommendations in relation to the Haddington Road Agreement Hours for certain employees in Recognised Primary, Voluntary Secondary Schools in the Free Education Scheme

Circular 36/2022 – Revision of Salaries and Annual Leave arrangements for School Secretaries employed in recognised primary and post primary schools

Following the acceptance by Forsa of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) agreement in respect of salaries and various leave entitlements for grant funded school secretaries, a process is required to collate information from each person employed as a school secretary to ensure that they are assigned the correct point on the incremental pay scale and also receive the correct allocation of leave entitlements referred to in the agreement, pro rata as appropriate.

Circular 36/2022 – Secretaries and Caretakers: Frequently Asked Questions

Secretaries and Caretakers: Frequently Asked Questions in respect of the Revision of Salaries and Annual Leave arrangements for School Secretaries employed in recognised primary and post primary schools.

Working Arrangements for Certain Higher Risk employees of Recognised Primary and Post Primary schools in the Free Education Scheme and of ETBsr

The Minister for Education directs employers to implement the terms in this Circular for certain employees of recognised Primary and Post Primary schools in the Free Education Scheme and in Community National Schools under the patronage of ETBs, employed using grant funding provided by this Department.

COVID-19: Updated Working Arrangements for Teachers and SNAs

The purpose of this Circular is to advise employers of changes to COVID-19 Special Leave With Pay entitlement, Cessation of extended COVID-19 Special Leave with Pay, Cessation of Restricted Movement requirement, Working arrangements for the ‘Very High Risk’ group and Return to normal arrangements under specified Leave Schemes.

SNAs/Bus Escorts

Circular 0079/2022 – Bereavement Leave Scheme for Special Needs Assistants employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

Circular Letter 0079/2022 – The purpose of this Circular is to set out the revised provisions under the Bereavement Leave Scheme, which may be granted by the employer to an SNA, in the event of the death of their relative.

Public Service (Croke Park) Agreement – Special Needs Assistants

Circular Number 0071/2011 – A Departmental letter issued on 1 February 2011 providing for immediate and full implementation of two aspects of the Public Service Agreement relating to Special Needs Assistants (SNAs).

Contract of Employment for Special Needs Assistants employed in Second Level Schools.

Circular Letter SNA 12/05 – Revised arrangements have now been agreed regarding the terms and conditions of Special Needs Assistants at post-primary level.

Recruitment of Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) – Supplementary Assignment Arrangements for the 2022/2023 school year.

The purpose of this circular is to notify managerial authorities, Chief Executives of Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and SNAs of supplementary assignment arrangements for SNAs for the 2022/23 school year.

Parent’s Leave Scheme for Special Needs Assistants employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools

This Circular supersedes Circular 0035/2021 titled ‘Parent’s Leave Scheme for Special Needs Assistants employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools’.

Bus Escorts Scheme

The Bus Escort Scheme is operated by the School Transport Section of the Department of Education…

Special Schools/Special Classes

Circular 0001/2023 – Advice on the use of assessment instruments/tests for Guidance or for additional and special educational needs (SEN) in post-primary school.

This Circular provides advice to recognised post-primary schools on the appropriate use of assessment instruments/tests for Guidance and for additional and special educational needs (SEN). The Circular applies to all instances when a standardised test, either ability or achievement, is used. It provides clarification on the selection and administration of assessment instruments, the interpretation and provision of feedback on test scores and the retention of assessment information.

Circular 0075/2022 – Commencement of the Education (Provision in respect of Children with Special Educational Needs) Act 2022 and Commencement of remaining sections of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

The Department of Education wishes to bring to the attention of school authorities the introduction of and commencement of the Education (Provision in Respect of Children with Special Educational Needs) Act 2022 and the commencement of the remaining sections of the Education Act 1998 as introduced by the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018. These are sections 67 to 70.

Circular 0075/2022 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document in respect of the Commencement of the Education (Provision in respect of Children with Special Educational Needs) Act 2022 and Commencement of remaining sections of the Education (Admission to Schools) Act 2018

National Nursing Pilot for Children with Complex Healthcare Needs Pilot Scheme 2022/23

The aim of this information note is to set out information regarding a nursing pilot scheme. The purpose of the pilot is to put nursing supports in place to allow children with complex healthcare needs attend school.

Arrangements for Inspectorate Engagement with Primary Schools and Special Schools

Circular: 0057/2022 – This circular: Provides information about the Inspectorate’s planned advisory, evaluation and research work in primary schools and special schools from September to December 2022; Provides information on the Inspectorate’s work on supporting and monitoring the implementation of anti-bullying procedures in schools; Clarifies the arrangements for school self-evaluation (SSE) for the 2022/23 school year.

Guidelines for Principals and Boards of Management of Special Schools for 2022/2023

Includes information on Key Dates, Expansion of Enrolment, Notification of New Entrants, Applications for Resources for Students, Applications for School Transport and/or Assistive Technology, COVID-19 Restrictions.

Home Tuition Grant Scheme 2022/2023 – Special Education Component

This Circular provides information in relation to the Home Tuition Grant Scheme.

NCSE – Guidelines for Setting Up and Organising Special Classes

A practical guide for primary and post primary principals opening a new special class.

Report of Education Needs for the Purpose of the Assessment of Need Disability Act 2005

The aim of this information note is to inform schools of the recent changes to the AON process and roles and responsibilities of the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and schools.

Other

Circular 0077/2022 – Once-off cost of living measure to support increased school running
costs

The purpose of this circular is to set out the arrangements in relation to the payment of the once-off cost of living measure to support increased school running costs announced as part of the cost of living measures in Budget 2023.

School Self-Evaluation: Next Steps September 2022 – June 2026

Circular 0056/2022 – This Circular sets out the requirements in respect of the next cycle of SSE which begins in September 2022. It follows on from, and supersedes Primary Circulars 0039/2016, 0016/2018, 0040/2020, 0032/2021 and 0029/2022 and Post-primary Circulars 0040/2016, 0041/2020, 0033/2021 and 0030/2022.

Exemptions from the Study of Irish – Revising Circular 0052/2019

Circular 0054/2022: This Circular results from the initial review of the implementation of circular 0052/2019 which is hereby withdrawn. Existing exemptions from the study of Irish granted under previous circulars and held by pupils will continue to apply until the end of their post-primary education.

School Vaccinations 2022-2023

School Immunisation Programmes delivered in Junior Infants of primary schools and First year of second level schools (and age equivalent who are attending special schools) for the 2022/2023 academic year.

Inspections Post Primary

This circular provides information about the Inspectorate’s planned advisory, evaluation and research work in schools for the summer term 2022. Supersedes Circular 0033/2021