Supervision Opt-out/ Opt-in Circular

Friday 23 June 2017

The Department of Education and Skills have issued a Circular to schools (click here to view) that sets out the terms of the Supervision and Substitution Scheme – Opt-out and Opt-in arrangements.

Key Points:

  • Friday August 11 2017 is the deadline date for submission of opt-out/ opt-in forms to your school principal. Please return your form as soon as possible. (Forms are included in the Circular).
  • If you are in the scheme and wish to continue this arrangement you do not have to submit a form.
  • If you have previously opted out of the scheme and wish to continue arrangement you do not have to submit a form.
  • To opt-out you must have 15 years teaching service in an Oireachtas-funded post.
  • The salary reduction for opting out is €1,796 per annum. This will have the effect of reducing pensionable salary by this amount, except in the case of a teachers opting out who are retiring on or before 1 April 2019.
  • To opt in you must have been in service during the 2012/13 school year, be in service in the 2016/17 school year, and be in a position to carry out S&S duties for a minimum of 10 years prior to retirement.
  • Where an eligible teacher is not in a position submit their form during the summer, a review can take place in September in respect of a further opt-out/ opt-in opportunity during the school year.


It is important that any member who is considering opting out or opting in read the full Circular. Click here to view.

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