Press Releases

New survey: 64% of schools have unfilled vacancies, just 1% believe enough being done by Government

By piofficer 14 Nov 2023 | 0 comments
The teacher recruitment and retention crisis in Irish second level schools is worsening, according to the findings of a new survey carried out in over 100 schools by the Principals’ and Deputy Principals’ Association of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI).   TUI is calling for immediate action to ensure that schools can continue to put teachers in front of classes and that students have access to the full breadth of subjects. Secure jobs of full hours and career progression opportunities are essential to tackle the crisis.     The survey of principals and deputy principals in 104 second level schools was carried out in September and October this year and represents a strong sample of the sector’s approximately 730 schools.   

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TUI welcomes Minister’s announcement in relation to shelving of plans for teachers to assess own students for state certification purposes

By piofficer 21 Sep 2023 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education Norma Foley that plans for teachers to assess their own students for state certification purposes will now be shelved.  Speaking this morning, TUI General Secretary Michael Gillespie said: ‘We welcome this morning’s news. 

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‘Resources must be made available to tackle teacher recruitment and retention crisis – precarious employment status driving graduates away from teaching’ – TUI  

By piofficer 23 Aug 2023 | 0 comments
The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has said that Budget 2024 must provide the required resources to tackle the teacher recruitment and retention crisis in second level by increasing teaching allocations to schools allowing schools to recruit teachers on a full-time basis and fully restoring posts of responsibility.      The Union has also said that in advance of this, the Department of Education must immediately announce that it will allow schools to employ teachers on a permanent basis after the traditional cut-off point of the end of October and that it should do everything in its power to ensure that Irish teachers living in other jurisdictions who wish to return home do not face bureaucratic delays in registration.    

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