Deployment of Teaching Resources Returns

Deployment of Teaching Resources (DTR) (Timetabling) Returns

DTR returns are used by the Department’s Inspectorate to facilitate the planning of inspections. Any data provided is processed in accordance with the provisions of data protection legislation. Further information is available in the Privacy Notice for the DTR returns.

Arrangements for collection of deployment of teaching resources (DTR) or timetabling data have been agreed in consultation with the post-primary management bodies and the NAPD. This agreement was reached in the context of the development of the Post-Primary Online Database (P-POD) system and the cessation of Departmental contractual arrangements for the provision of support of the original software that generated the September returns.

Importance of timetabling.

The formulation of school timetables, appropriate to the diverse needs of individual schools, is a core function of school managerial authorities in ensuring the effective deployment of teaching resources and the provision of a broad, high-quality educational experience for all students. School authorities must ensure the school timetable continues to provide optimum curriculum coverage for students and the best use of teaching resources.

Collection of Deployment of Teaching Resources (DTR) Returns for the 2020/21 School Year.

The procedure for submitting the DTR/Timetabling information required by the Department of Education and Skills through ESINET for the 2020/21 school year is the same as the procedure that was used in 2019/20.

What should I do first?

Contact your software package provider to ensure you are using the most up-to-date version.

What is returned?

Only teachers’ timetables are to be returned. A timetable is not to be returned for special needs assistants.

How do I cater for team teaching in the Return?

If you have teachers who are team teaching please contact your software provider to assist you in entering same.

What is the closing date for generation of Deployment of Teaching Resources (DTR) (Timetabling) Returns?

Timetable Returns must be generated no later than Thursday, October 1st 2020.

Help and Contact Details

Please contact your Software Package Provider for information relating to the generation of the returns or any other issues relating to the use of the software.

Please consult the ESINET online help for queries relating to the use of ESINET.  For other queries related to DTR please refer to the guides and instructions listed below. If you require further assistance, please send an e-mail with details of your query and all relevant information to