Employment Terms and Conditions

Circular 0054/2019 titled ”Leave Schemes for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools” contains 11 Leave Schemes for registered teachers employed in recognised primary and post primary schools as follows:

  • Chapter 1: Sick Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 2: Maternity Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 3: Adoptive Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 4: Paternity Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 5: Parental Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 6: Carer’s Leave Scheme
  • Chapter 7: Career Break Scheme
  • Chapter 8: Job Sharing Scheme
  • Chapter 9: Temporary Re-Assignment Scheme for Primary Teachers
  • Chapter 10: Statutory Annual Leave/Public Holidays
  • Chapter 11: Unpaid Leave       

This Circular replaces Chapters Two to Eleven of Edition 2 of the “Terms and Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools” and replaces all previous circulars, memoranda, rules and regulations in relation to these leave types.

Teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs)

The role of the Teacher/SNA Terms and Conditions Section of the Department is to regulate the employment terms and conditions governing teachers and SNAs employed in recognised primary and post primary schools.

Service Information

Choose from the items in the table below for information on the relevant Breaks/Leave:

Adoptive Leave
Job Sharing
Personal Days
Brief Absences
Leave of Absence following Assault
Sick Leave
Career Break
Maternity Leave
Statutory Annual Leave/Public Holidays
Carer's Leave
Parental Leave
Unpaid Leave
Coronavirus (COVID19)
Parent’s Leave
 Voluntary Search and Rescue Leave
Extra Personal Vacation Days
Paternity Leave


Information in relation to employment terms and conditions for teachers and Special Needs Assistants.

Select from the list below for further information on the relevant topic.

Registration with the Teaching Council

Alternative Working Schemes

Civil Partnership

Fixed Term Contracts

Posts of Responsibility

Disciplinary Procedures