FAQs

  • Frequently Asked Questions on Parental Leave
    What is parental leave? Parental leave is a period of unpaid leave available to teachers for the purpose of the care of children. It is provided for under the Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006, and the European Union (Parental Leave) Regulations... Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Paternity Leave
    What is paternity leave? With effect from September 1, 2016, registered teachers are entitled to a single period of two consecutive weeks' paid paternity leave. The leave is to allow the relevant parent to provide or assist in the care of the... Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Mandatory Reporting
    What are my responsibilities as a mandated person? The Children First Act 2015 has placed a statutory obligation on specific people to report child protection concerns that are at or above a threshold of harm (as defined in that Act) to... Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Critical Illness
    What is critical illness? If you become incapacitated as a result of a critical illness or serious physical injury you may be granted extended paid sick leave, known as critical illness protocol (CIP), subject to specific criteria. CIP entitles the... Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Salary Scales
    Which pay scale am I on? The pay scale you are on is determined by both the date you were first paid by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and by the date of your first qualified service in... Read more
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Safety, Health and Welfare in Schools
    What are the employer’s duties with regard to staff welfare? According to section 8.1 of the 2005 Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act, employers have a legal duty to their staff to “ensure, so far as it is reasonably practicable, the... Read more
  • FAQs on the Re-opening of Schools
    Updated February 24th 2021 The ASTI continues to monitor Covid-19 issues in schools. We will provide information on this page as updates become available. The ASTI is demanding that the safety of students, teachers and everyone within the school community is... Read more
  • Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate 2021
    Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate 2021 FAQs: Q. Has a Guide to State Examinations and Accredited Grades for Leaving Certificate 2021 been published?   On the 17th February, the Minister made an announcement regarding Leaving Certificate 2021. Key features of the announcement were... Read more