Statement regarding updated Interim Measures for Droichead and Probation for school year 2019 / 2020

At its meeting today the Teaching Council discussed the matter of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) who have engaged in Droichead in the current school year (2019/2020).

The Council wishes to reiterate its acknowledgment of the utmost professionalism and innovation which all teachers have displayed during this crisis. This includes the engagement in teaching, learning and induction throughout this time. 

At its meeting on 8 June, the Council has decided that any NQT who has completed Strand A, the in-school elements of Droichead in the school year 2019/2020, within the minimum period of time, and who may have one or more elements of Strand B outstanding, may submit a completed Form D once the Professional Support Team (PST) co-signs the form in the normal manner. On receipt of a completed form, the teacher’s registration will be updated and the condition removed. 

For the avoidance of doubt, this means that any time spent engaging in Droichead after 12 March can be included in the verification of the Droichead process. 

NQTs who have not completed strand A within the minimum period of time by the end of the school year can still bank their time, and any activities completed, towards Droichead in the next school year (2020/2021) on an exceptional basis only, due to the CoVid-19 restrictions. 

The Council will continue to collaborate with the National Induction Programme for Teachers (NIPT) in relation to the Droichead process and the changes approved by Council. As always this will include the updating of guidance for NQTs and PSTs. 

In relation to probation, where teachers have met the standards of competence as determined by the Inspectorate and the principal confirms that they have completed the 100 day requirement then they will be eligible to have the condition of probation removed from their registration. For the avoidance of doubt, time spent teaching after 12 March is reckonable for service requirements. Where teachers have met the competence but do not have the required days, the standard approach will apply whereby the teacher may submit evidence once they have completed the time requirement. At that stage their registration will be updated.

The Council will communicate with all NQTs affected as a matter of priority.