Relaunch for ‘older teachers’ replacement scheme

A controversial Department of Education (DE) scheme to replace older teachers with more recently-qualified ones has been relaunched. BBC NI reports.

The Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme aims to allow up to 200 teachers over the age of 55 to retire early in 2018/19. They will be replaced by teachers who have graduated during or since 2013.

The Investing in the Teaching Workforce scheme was originally announced in 2015 but was delayed by disagreements over the criteria and a legal challenge.

However, only 31 posts were created as a result of that pilot, significantly fewer than the 500 jobs envisaged when the scheme was originally announced in 2015.

DE has now said that it anticipates up to 200 teachers aged 55 and over will be released by the end of March 2019.

Before they are allowed to go, they must be replaced in post by a teacher who qualified during or since 2013 and does not have a permanent job.

DE said that teachers who had qualified “in the years 2013 up to and including 2017 have experienced the greatest difficulty in securing meaningful employment.”

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  1. Oh? My children much prefer the older teachers – more knowledgeable, better at class control, and less petrified of being caught out saying something politically incorrect. Children – not only mine – despise the younger ‘down with the kids’ younger teachers. The govt should be keeping older teachers and setting a minimum age limit – these youngsters should get into the real world before they try and pass on what little knowledge they do have to the next generation.

  2. I nearly choked on my cornflakes when I read this, until I realised that the article was about NI, where they clearly don’t have a desperate teacher shortage!

  3. There are no teaching jobs in NI so I can see where this has come from but it’s not very well thought through. Unless teachers over 55 want to retire early, in which case lots would anyway? Seems to me this is something and nothing!

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