Redeployment schemes currently exist at post-primary level in school closure situations, where there are surplus teachers in a school/Education and Training Board in situations other than school closure, and to address mismatch between curricular needs and staffing resources in a school/ETB. A pilot voluntary redeployment scheme is also in operation this year. Voluntary redeployment arrangements are put in place on an annual basis as necessary, as an adjunct to the compulsory redeployment process.
The establishment of a supplementary panel at post-primary and extensions to the voluntary redeployment scheme are the subject of ongoing discussions at the Teachers Conciliation Council, to which the Department, school management bodies and teacher unions are all party. As the proceedings of the TCC are confidential, it would not be appropriate for me to make any further comment.