Over the next few weeks there will be a lot of talk about the panel and panel rights – but what are they and how do you get them? The panels were set up to provide permanent jobs to teachers with certain criteria. There is a panel for Catholic Schools, Church of Ireland Schools, Educate Together Schools, An Foras Pátrúnachta and the Special National Panel.
Permanent jobs are offered first followed by temporary/ fixed term positions (when there are no more permanent jobs available)
A teacher gets a place on the main panel when they have permanent status in their school but the school loses a teacher.
Teachers get a place on the supplementary panel if they have all these criteria;
- Teaching Council – Full registration with the teaching council (need to be fully probated)
- Salary – before 2011 – gross salary of €29,000 in 2014 calendar year and be on point 5 (or above) on the salary scale or be on point 4 of salary scale on/before 12 December 2014 and be contracted to teach for the remainder of the year.
- Salary – post 2011 – gross salary of €26,100 in 2014 calendar year and be on point 4 (or above) on the salary scale or be on point 3 of salary scale on/before 12 December 2014 and be contracted to teach for the remainder of the year.
More teachers than jobs
- In some areas there are more teachers with panel rights than there are permanent jobs. This causes the panel operator to request temporary/fixed term vacancies be made available to those teachers on the panel first.
- Each school is different and some teachers are a better fit than others.
- A teacher may start at a school and fit like a glove, a permanent job comes up but the job goes to the panel rather than the teacher who fits perfectly. At times this causes delays to the panel as the school is reluctant to take on someone they do not know and it can also cause resentment from other staff members.