Second Level - Posts of Responsibility

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With effect from August 2014 all members are directed that:

Where a post of responsibility (POR) is vacant, or post duties arise for any reason, and where:

  1. the post/duties are not filled, as a result of the moratorium, by the appointment of a teacher to a POR in accordance with the normal appointment procedure and
  2. a teacher is not paid the appropriate POR allowance in accordance with normal procedures and not given the appropriate time remission appropriate to the post

Then the duties of the post vacated will no longer be carried out by any staff member under any circumstances.

Duties will not be carried out:

  • By an un-promoted teacher or a special duties teacher getting a timetabled remission in order to carry out functions previously held by an assistant principal.
  • By an un-promoted teacher getting a timetabled remission to carry out duties carried out by an assistant principal or a special duties teacher.
  • By any teacher carrying out the duties in question in receipt of payment other than appropriate payment for the post in question.
  • By any teacher carrying out the duties in question outside of having a recognised post of responsibility

All members, including principal teachers, deputy principal teachers and post-holders are directed not to engage in, facilitate or organise any breach of this directive.


With effect from 27 March 2009 schools were no longer permitted to make any appointment to a post of responsibility (other than those of Principal and Deputy Principal) including those that may have fallen vacant on or before 27 March 2009. The replacement of holders of posts of responsibility who are on leave of absence and whose posts of responsibility would normally have been replaced in an acting capacity cannot be filled as they are comprehended by this moratorium.

With the exception of Principal and Deputy Principal Posts the Government decision also means that with effect from 27 March 2009 existing temporary or acting appointments to posts of responsibility cannot be renewed beyond their existing stated end date. If the existing stated end date is specified (e.g. end of current school year or other specified date) then the existing temporary or acting appointment to the post of responsibility must cease from that date and payment of the allowance will be automatically stopped.

TUI continues to campaign vigorously with the other teacher unions to have this moratorium reversed.

Limited alleviation is available to allow for the filling of Assistant Principal posts in schools that meet certain criteria. The  latest circular letter to outline the terms of this alleviation is Circular Letter 04/2014.


Procedures for appointment to posts of responsibility Revised promotional procedures for appointments to posts of responsibility have been agreed. These procedures are being phased in for all second-level schools between 2008-2015. Full details are set out in Circular Letter 42/2010.

Until 2015 a proportion of posts are filled under the new procedures, while the remaining proportion of posts are filled according to previous procedures.

From 2015 onwards all available permanent posts will be filled under the new arrangements. These arrangements are set out below. 

The following outline agreement was reached between the parties to the Teachers Conciliation Council on 13th October 2008.
1. New Arrangements

There will be five criteria for selection each carrying a weighting of 20 marks

  • Seniority
  • Knowledge, Understanding and Capacity to meet the needs of the job
  • Capacity to contribute to the overall development of the school
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Capacity to contribute to the overall Organisation and Management of the school

Seniority will be reckoned as follows:

Service in the school or scheme

The service in the school or scheme of the most senior applicant will qualify for 20 points. Using that service as a base line, it will be divided by four in order to establish four quartiles.

All applicants in the top quartile will each receive 20 points
All applicants in the second quartile will each receive 15 points
All applicants in the third quartile will each receive 10 points
All applicants in the lower quartile will each receive 5 points

Service as a teacher in another school or scheme

Any teacher who has service in another school or scheme recognised by the Department of Education and Science, where such service is a minimum of the value of 1 quartile in the competition in question will be moved to the next higher quartile than justified by service in the school, subject to not exceeding 20 points overall mark on seniority.

2. Phasing

Permanent Posts

2009-2010 - The current arrangements will apply

2010-2011 - Two-thirds of the available permanent posts at Assistant Principal level and two-thirds at Special Duties level will be filled under the current arrangements.

One third of the available permanent posts at Assistant Principal level and one-third at Special Duties level will be filled under the new arrangements.

2011-2012 - The same arrangement as 2010-2011

2012-2013 - The same arrangement as 2010-2011

2013-2014 - One half of the available permanent posts at Assistant Principal level and one half at Special Duties level will be filled under the current arrangements.

One half of the available permanent posts at Assistant Principal level and one half at Special Duties level will be filled under the new arrangements.

2014-2015 - The same arrangements as for 2013-2014

2015 onwards - All available permanent posts at Assistant Principal level and Special Duties level will be filled under the new arrangements.

Temporary Posts

The new arrangements will apply to all temporary appointments to Assistant Principal and Special Duties Teacher w.e.f. the commencement of the 2012/2013 school year. Existing arrangements will continue to apply to such posts up and to the end of the 2011/2012 school year.

Interview Process

During the transition period the interviews for all posts (Temporary and Permanent) will be carried out using the full set of criteria listed above, but the marks will be adjusted, in order to reflect the different values for seniority, that currently exist.

3. Appeal System

A single appeal system will apply across all sectors to ensure that the correct procedures are followed. This system will apply to all appointments from the commencement of the transition period. The Appeal Board will consist of a nominee of the union, a nominee of the management authority and an agreed independent Chairperson.

4. Composition of the Selection Board

In the VEC Sector

The composition of the Selection Board will be:

CEO or the nominee of the CEO (may be the principal)
VEC representative (member)
Independent member to be drawn from a panel to be agreed with the Union(s)

The CEO or his/her nominee will not act as Chairman.

In the C&C Sector

The composition of the Selection Board will be:
School Principal (will not act as Chairman)
Trustee nominee
Independent member to be drawn from a panel to be agreed with the unions

In the Voluntary Secondary Sectors

The composition of the Board will be:
The Principal
A nominee of the Board of Management
Independent Chairperson to be drawn from a panel agreed with the unions.

In the Primary Sector the current arrangements will continue to apply.


5. Appeals System for Appointment to the Posts of Principal and Deputy Principal

There is agreement in principle to the introduction of an appeal system in the case of appointment to the posts of Principal and Deputy Principal. Discussions will commence between the parties to give effect to this agreement.

 

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