Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When does the ASTI Posts of Responsibility directive come into force?

A. The directive becomes effective from 23rd November 2015.

 

Q. To whom does the directive apply?

A. All ASTI members are required to adhere to the directive.

 

Q. What is the ‘Schedule of Posts’ referred to in the directive?

A. The ‘Schedule of Posts’ is the school’s schedule of posts as defined on 23rd November 2015 and as approved by the school’s Board of Management (Manager) in accordance with the relevant Department circular letters. School authorities are required to engage in transparent consultation with all staff where it is proposed to amend the schedule.

 

Q. If a particular duty or range of duties was previously on the schedule (E.g. Library) but was removed at the most recent review of posts (in accordance with the consultative procedures set out in the relevant circular letters) can I perform such duties on a voluntary basis?

A. It depends. If the most recent review of posts occurred prior to the 23rd of November 2015 and accordingly the duties were not listed on the current Schedule of Posts on that date they are not comprehended by the terms of the directive.
However, if there has been a review of posts since 23rd of November, 2015 and the duties were listed on the schedule of posts that was current on that date then they are comprehended by the terms of the directive.

 

Q. I currently have a special duties post and I am in receipt of the appropriate pensionable allowance. I have been asked to carry out the duties of an Assistant Principal. Does the directive prohibit this?

A. It depends. If the most recent review of posts occurred prior to the 23rd of November 2015 and accordingly the duties were not listed on the current Schedule of Posts on that date they are not comprehended by the terms of the directive.

However, if there has been a review of posts since 23rd of November, 2015 and the duties were listed on the schedule of posts that was current on that date then they are comprehended by the terms of the directive.

 

Q. A colleague and I have Special Duties Posts and are in receipt of the appropriate allowances. We have been sharing equally the duties of a vacant Assistant Principal Post on the schedule. Is this a breach of the directive?

A. Yes

 

Q. I am not a Post of Responsibility Post holder. I have been performing some duties listed on the Schedule of Posts on a voluntary basis. Can I continue to perform such duties?

A. No. This is a breach of the directive.

 

Q. Can I perform such duties on a voluntary basis if I have been awarded some time off on my timetable to do so?

A. No. If the duties are listed on the Schedule of Posts and are not being performed by a teacher who has been appointed in accordance with the normal appointment procedure and being paid the appropriate Post of Responsibility pensionable allowance, then it is a breach of the directive.

 

Q. What happens if members break this directive?

A. All members are required to adhere to the directive. Where a member becomes aware that another member is in breach of the directive, he/she should report this in writing to the ASTI.