What are the teaching positions in a primary school that are recognised for the purposes of completing the Droichead process?

A primary school teacher will normally undertake the Droichead process when employed as a mainstream class teacher. As a general rule, paid employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible, where the teacher is teaching all 11 subjects of the Primary School Curriculum, including Irish, to a mainstream class of pupils (single or multi-grade) for the entire school day.

Other than in exceptional circumstances, schools should deploy NQTs in a mainstream setting. In certain circumstances, where the NQT is the most appropriate teacher to support the needs of pupils, they may complete the Droichead process in one of the following roles:

a) special class teacher in a mainstream school

b) teacher in a special school

c) full-time resource teacher of pupils with low-incidence disabilities (as defined by the DES)

d) full-time learning support teacher

e) a role which combines both d) and e) above (LS/RT post).

In the above cases, the period of employment must involve teaching the same cohort of pupils (save for exceptional absences). As part of the Droichead process, the school should also endeavor that there are opportunities for the newly qualified teacher to teach in a mainstream setting, which would include the teaching and learning of Gaeilge in a mainstream class, in collaboration with the class teacher.

What are the teaching position in a post-primary school that are recognised for the purposes of completing the Droichead process?

A post-primary teacher will normally undertake the Droichead process when employed in a recognized post-primary school teaching a post-primary curricular subject(s) to a designated class on the school's timetable.

A teacher may also complete the Droichead process where they are employed in one of the following roles:

a) post-primary teacher in a mainstream school employed in a learning support, special needs or language support position

b) a special school where a proportion of the pupils attending the school are of post-primary age, and where the teacher is teaching a post-primary curricular subject(s) to such pupils, or

c) a Centre for Education where a post-primary curricular subject(s) is being taught.

Can an NQT who is employed in a job-sharing capacity apply for Droichead?

A primary teacher who is employed in a job sharing capacity will not have the required 60 consecutive days post qualification practice requirement and will therefore be unable to participate in the Droichead process. A post-primary teacher employed in a job sharing may be able to apply for Droichead, providing that are working in an eligible setting.