Teacher Supply – 16th October 2019

Dear Parents,
We would like to bring your attention to the issue of teacher supply and the shortage of substitute teachers nationwide. You may have seen the reporting of this issue in the media.
Although we are early in the academic year, the school has been unable to find a suitably qualified substitute teacher on three separate occasions. As all teachers in the school are fully engaged in teaching throughout the school day, it is not possible to find cover for mainstream classes from within the school.
As a result, children are allocated to different classrooms throughout the school to complete academic activities assigned by their teacher in advance.
We are concerned that the shortage of substitute teachers has arisen so early in the school year. Our concerns are echoed by schools across the country. The issue has been raised with numerous stakeholders, in particular with the Department of Education and Skills and the Minister for Education.
We hope you appreciate the efforts we go to in the school to ensure that your child is taught by suitably qualified substitute teachers when the need arises. Unfortunately given the current climate, and factors outside of our control, this has not always been possible. Going forward the school will inform parents on the day if we have been unable to source a substitute teacher.
We are more than happy to discuss any of the above with you and we thank you for your continued support. We encourage you to discuss the issue of teacher supply with your local representatives as it is a serious issue affecting our schools.
Le gach Dea-ghuí,
Patrick O’Connell