Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

£5m teacher pilot scheme planned

A pilot scheme costing £5m has been put forward to help newly qualified teachers to secure work in Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Teachers’ Council has put forward the proposal which aims to guarantee a year of teaching for 200 new teachers. It is also aimed at securing much needed planning, preparation and assessment time for existing school staff.

The proposal is currently being considered by the joint working party of the teachers’ negotiating committee and Education Minister Caitriona Ruane.

It emerged in February of this year that more than 7,000 newly qualified teachers were then seeking substitute teacher work in Northern Ireland.

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