At its meeting on 11 and 12 March last, the Teaching Council considered the matter of teacher supply and its impact on the implementation of Droichead, the induction programme for new teachers entering the profession.
The Council noted the considerable progress that has been made in terms of establishing Droichead and the engagement and professional commitment of teachers was fully acknowledged.
The Council also welcomed the very significant progress that has been made in relation to the number of Newly Qualified Teachers taking part in the process, and the number of schools facilitating it. However, it is concerned at the lack of a reliable supply of substitute teachers to support each phase.
In this light, Council welcomes the recent statements by the Minister for Education and Skills regarding the need for Supply Panels of substitute teachers to be established.
In order to support the resourcing and ongoing implementation of Droichead, Council urges the Department of Education and Skills to establish Supply Panels at primary level as a matter of urgency, along with supports for the necessary access to substitute cover at post-primary level.