As and from September 2020 Droichead is the only route of induction for all primary NQTs. The traditional process of Probation is no longer available. Please see the Post-qualification Professional Practice Procedures and Criteria 2021/2022 for detailed information on this legacy option.
The probationary process involved a minimum teaching service requirement (100 days) and incidental visits from a Department of Education and Skills Inspector, who prepared a report on the suitability of the teacher.
Teachers who began service on or after September 1st, 2010, should notify the Teaching Council once they have completed the required service requirement and have received a satisfactory report from the Department of Education and Skills Inspectorate. On fulfilling this condition by completing the service and competence requirements of the probationary process, registrants should complete Form C and return it to the Teaching Council.
Teachers previously probated in a restricted setting
Teachers registered under Regulation Two/Route 1 (Primary), who have previously been probated or have completed Droichead (prior to September 2016) in a restricted setting may be eligible to apply for full registration in that sector subject to meeting the requirements set out in this section.
This policy came into effect from 1 September 2016.
In order to be eligible the:
- teacher must be registered under Regulation Two (Primary) of the Teaching Council [Registration] Regulations and registered under Section 31(5) of the Teaching Council Act
- only remaining conditions on the teacher’s registration must be Probation/Droichead in a mainstream setting
- teacher is/has been working in a special education setting and carrying out teaching roles that meet the criteria and service requirement below.
The following criteria must be met:
- The teacher is/was teaching the full primary school curriculum which has been modified in line with the guidelines as set out by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
- The teacher is/was teaching a class of a minimum size of six students on a fulltime basis for the entire day.
- The teacher is/was fully responsible for the learning of students and has responsibilities comparable to those of a mainstream class teacher.
The teacher must meet the service requirements set out below:
- Teaching service of not less than 50 consecutive days in the same class which meets the criteria is required
- This service must be in addition to any service requirement for Probation/Droichead
- Please note that teaching service in a mainstream setting is also acceptable.
Probation in Other Jurisdictions
Currently, all teachers qualified outside Ireland and who wish to achieve full registration with the Teaching Council must complete the probationary process. An exception is made where an applicant for registration has completed a period of induction/probation in the State where he/she qualified. The applicant must provide the Council with evidence of a satisfactory period of overseas induction/probation.
Where a teacher has completed a probationary period in another jurisdiction, he/she may apply to the Teaching Council to have this recognized as satisfying the condition of probation. Teaching service in state-inspected primary schools outside Ireland may also be considered towards the service requirement.
Attached here is information on the documentation that must be provided as evidence of a state recognised and verified induction process in the country where a teacher completed their initial teacher education qualification.
All new registrants have a period of three years from their date of registration, to meet the requirements of any condition.
Important Note for persons commencing initial teacher education outside Ireland and within the EEA from 1 January 2011
Revised procedures for the registration of teachers under Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries) in Ireland
From 1 January 2011, persons commencing a programme of initial teacher education outside Ireland and who wish to register with the Teaching Council under the mobility rights (for workers) of Council Directive 2005/36/EC (EEA Countries), must have full registration from the country in which they completed the programme of initial teacher education. Full registration may include a period of induction and/or probation in that country. In effect, if probation/induction is a requirement for the purpose of gaining full registration in that State, a teacher will not gain mobility rights under the terms of the Directive until the requirement is met. Generally, such a teacher will be deemed exempt from the probationary period in Ireland. From September 2010, the Teaching Council is the body that processes applications for exemptions from probation.