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There are two redeployment schemes currently in operation in second-level schools. In addition, a voluntary redeployment scheme is currently under discussion.
The scheme that affects the largest number of schools and teachers is redeployment scheme for teachers surplus to requirements other than in situations of school closure.
A scheme allowing for the redeployment of teachers into schools with teaching vacancies (other than in situations of school closure) was included in the Croke Park Agreement, which was accepted by ASTI members in January 2011.
Nominating teachers for redeployment
If a school or VEC has one or more teachers employed in excess of their allocation, they must notify the Director of the Redeployment Scheme of the teachers identified for redeployment. If a school or VEC believes that its surplus position is short-term or transient, it may present its evidence of this opinion to the Director, who may defer a decision in relation to redeployment.
Only permanent/CID teachers can be redeployed.
In the first instance the school or VEC will ascertain if any member of staff wishes to be considered for redeployment voluntarily. Those teachers who volunteer for redeployment will be offered vacancies first and can choose to refuse a redeployment vacancy.
At the same time, teachers will be identified for compulsory redeployment based on seniority and the school’s curricular needs. For full details on the identification of teachers for redeployment click here.
Any teacher nominated for redeployment should be provided with a statement by the school setting out the basis for its decision. This statement should include a list of all permanent/CED teachers in the school together with their teaching subjects. It should also include a statement of the curricular reasons, based on the curriculum audit, why the school believes “it is not possible to cope without” the services of any teacher below them on the Seniority List for Redeployment.
A teacher nominated for redeployment can appeal to the Director of the Redeployment Scheme if they feel the correct process and procedures were not complied with in their identification for redeployment.
Each year schools and VECs must notify the Director of the Redeployment Scheme of any vacancies, permanent or temporary, that exist in their school. The Director will then try to assign redeployed teachers to these vacancies.
Assigning teachers to vacancies
A teacher identified for redeployment may be assigned to a school within a maximum radius of 50km from his/her existing school or, where they request, from their place of residence.
The Director of the Redeployment Scheme will seek to match a teacher to a vacancy that matches their qualifications and experience and will take into account the curricular needs of the school, the teacher’s preference where more than one post exists, travelling time for the teacher and any other factor deemed relevant by the Director.
If the Director is unable to redeploy a teacher because there is no suitable vacancy available, the teacher will not be redeployed in that year.
Teachers will transfer their reckonable teaching service for promotion purposes in the previous school to the receiving school, except in the case of teachers being redeployed from one voluntary secondary school to another voluntary secondary school.
Any post-holder who is redeployed will retain their post of responsibility allowance and will be required to carry out in-school management duties in the receiving school.
Click here for full details of this Redeployment Scheme
Click here for a comprehensive Q&A on the operation of this redeployment scheme.
The second redeployment scheme in operation in second-level schools deals with redeployment in the case of school closures. It was negotiated between the ASTI/TUI and the Department of Education and Science in 2007. The scheme covers all qualified permanent and CID teachers in recognised second-level schools who are surplus to requirements due to school closures.
The pilot voluntary redeployment scheme established in 2013 is to continue in 2015. The scheme, will operate in Munster in 2015, having operated in the North West in 2013 and in Connacht in 2014. The scheme, which was negotiated by the ASTI and TUI under the Croke Park Agreement, allows for teachers in schools not in a surplus teacher situation to transfer on a voluntary basis to another school or geographical area. It is important to note that, while a teacher must be teaching in Munster to avail of the scheme, he/she may seek to be redeployed to any part of the country.
Redeployment in 2014. The vast majority of redeployments in 2014 were voluntary (64 out of 75 redeployments). 26 teachers were redeployed under the pilot scheme in Connacht (vacancies were identified for 32 teachers but 6 of them rejected the offer).
Details of Pilot Scheme.
• The pilot voluntary redeployment scheme 2015 is confined to teachers employed in the Munster region (i.e. Counties Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford). It does not apply in those schools that have teachers for compulsory redeployment.
• The pilot voluntary scheme will only be used if it facilitates the compulsory redeployment of a teacher from a surplus school.
• Permanent/CID teachers employed in these schools may express an interest in voluntary redeployment to another school anywhere in the country.
• Interested teachers should complete form VOL-RD1 15-16 and have it certified by the school principal and the Chairperson of the Board of Management (or the CEO in the case of ETB schools).
The ASTI is continuing to pursue a permanent nationwide voluntary redeployment scheme.