Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ceisteanna (488, 489)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Ceist:

488. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Education if a teacher is paid only for contracted teaching time; if not, if payment also includes additional tasks required of a teacher that is open to inspection by the Department that cannot be done in contracted time, such as long term plans, assessments and cuntas míosiúil; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27163/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor

Ceist:

489. Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor asked the Minister for Education if teachers are paid by the hour for their contracted time; if they are paid a salary to remunerate them for all duties required of them by both their employer and her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27164/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 488 and 489 together.

From 1 October 2020, pre-2011 entrant teachers will be paid on a scale ranging from €35,790 to €65,588 per annum (plus qualification allowances where applicable). Post-2011 entrant teachers will be paid on a scale ranging from €37,692 to €70,795 per annum. This salary accounts for both teaching and non-teaching duties which are part of the professional role of every teacher.

It is widely accepted that the professional role of teachers consists of both teaching and non-teaching duties, both of which are encompassed by their salary. Non-teaching duties can include but are not limited to; school planning, correcting, liaising with parents, curriculum development, and subject preparation.

Additionally, a number of specific non-class contact duties are covered by the provisions of national collective agreements, such as scheduled parent-teacher meetings and the Croke Park hours. These are in line with the additional hours being carried out by all public servants under national agreements.

Under the Haddington Road Agreement, participation in the Supervision scheme/Supervision and Substitution scheme became mandatory for all teachers. The allowance which was previously paid in respect of those duties was incorporated fully into the teacher pay scale in 2017.