Each school is given an authorised allocation of teaching hours for each school year.
The allocation for any school year is based on the numbers of students enrolled in the school for the previous school year but it also depends on a number of other factors.
Each year, the Department of Education & Skills issue a circular letter for Community & Comprehensive, Education & Training Boards and the Voluntary Secondary sectors. We have added a link to each of these below and we advise that you should read the appropriate document.
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School Management bodies like the JMB, ACCS & ETBs will advise you in detail on Teacher Allocation and some of these bodies facilitate training in this area.
It is very important from the timetable perspective that each school keeps within their allocated teaching quota. For this purpose, we suggest that you keep track of hours and Whole-time Teacher Equivalents in a separate spreadsheet. A timetable needs to be examined very carefully to ensure that your teacher allocation quota has not been exceeded. Having to cut allocation from a timetable will normally result in the re-scheduling of the complete timetable.
Please note: The Principal and the Deputy Principal (in some schools) must be included in this allocation even if they are not timetabled for classes. As these personnel might not be appearing on the timetable lists, it is an easy mistake to forget to include them in the allocation totals.