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At present there is a moratorium on the filling of posts of responsibility appointments in schools. This means that no special duties posts in schools may be filled. Limited alleviation is available to allow for the filling of Assistant Principal posts in schools that meet certain criteria. For full details see Circular 0053/2011.
The ASTI continues to demand that the moratorium on posts is lifted as the loss of posts of responsibility is seriously undermining the operation of schools.
The duties attached to the posts of assistant principal and special duties teacher respectively should have a level of responsibility and workload commensurate with the category and allowance to be paid. Each school's schedule of duties lists the post duties covered in that school. The teaching staff must be consulted when a schedule is being drawn up or if it is being revised.
Reviews of post duties
A review of post duties may take place whenever a vacancy arises. Given the current moratorium, ASTI members should note that where a post of responsibility review takes place, the duties of a retired teacher may be reassigned; however, where this happens it means that other duties will be dropped by the school. ASTI members should not undertake post of responsibility duties for which they are not paid.
The review should be based on the following principles:
Revised promotional procedures for appointments to posts of responsibility in all sectors have been agreed. These procedures are being phased in for all second-level schools between 2008-2015.
Until 2015 a proportion of posts are filled under the new procedures, while the remaining proportion of posts are filled according to previous procedures.
From 2015 onwards all available permanent posts will be filled under the new arrangements.
ASTI Information Leaflet: Posts of Responsibility Appeals in Voluntary Secondary Schools
ASTI Information Leaflet: Posts of Responsibility Appeals in Community and Comprehensive Schools
Posts of Responsibility Appeals in Community Colleges