Can an NQT complete Droichead if employed in a Hospital School?

A Hospital School is classified as a special educational setting and therefore Droichead may take place in this setting, provided that all the eligibility criteria are met.

I am a primary school teacher. What is the minimum duration of the Droichead process?

A primary teacher must complete a minimum block of 60 consecutive school days in an eligible setting from the date on which he/she was first appointed to a post recognised for Droichead purposes in a primary school.

It should be noted that this is an absolute minimum period of practice and the Council believes that, where your practice in a school exceeds those thresholds, it is advisable to defer the completion of the process until nearer the end of your time at the school. 

I am a post-primary school teacher. What is the minimum duration of the Droichead process?

A post-primary teacher must complete a minimum of 200 hours’ teaching employment in an eligible setting from the date on which they were first appointed to a post recognised for Droichead purposes in a post-primary school.

It should be noted that this is an absolute minimum period of practice and the Council believes that, where your practice in a school exceeds those thresholds, it is advisable to defer the completion of the process until nearer the end of your time at the school.

Are hours spent teaching one or more of the Junior Certificate Short Courses considered eligible for Droichead?

Yes

A teacher has dual registration in primary and post-primary. If he/she completes Droichead in one setting, will it remove the condition in both settings?

Once Droichead has been completed in one sector it does not have to be repeated in a second sector for registration purposes. Engagement in Droichead in a second sector is likely to be a valuable learning experience for teachers navigating the transition from one sector to another, but it is not a Council requirement

How do I apply?

In order to commence Droichead, you apply electronically to the Teaching Council here. An email confirmation will issue to you from the Teaching Council confirming that you have registered for the Droichead process.

When do I apply to the Teaching Council for the Droichead process using form DR1?

You should apply to the Teaching Council within five working days of commencing employment in a Droichead school:

  • in an eligible setting and
  • in an eligible post of minimum duration of at least 60 consecutive school days (in the case of primary) or a block of 200 hours (in the case of post- primary)

Is there a closing date for the submission of the DR1 form?

A closing date will apply to receipt of applications.  Advance notice of the closing date will be posted on the Teaching Council website in the second half of the school year. 

I have some short term substitute work but I am uncertain how long it will continue. Do I apply to the Teaching Council for Droichead using the DR1?

No. You should apply to the Teaching Council to commence Droichead only if you

(1) are employed in a Droichead school and

(2) you are in an eligible setting and

(3) the post is of minimum duration of 60 consecutive school days at primary level or a block of 200 hours at post-primary level.

What happens if I move school for any reason before I complete the Droichead process?

If you move school before the process has been completed, you will be required to submit a new DR1 form to re-register for the Droichead process, upon commencement of a new eligible teaching post in a Droichead school.