What is section 30?

Section 30 is a requirement within the Teaching Council Act, 2001, that a teacher has to be registered in order to be paid salary from public funds. The Minister for Education and Skills commenced Section 30 on 28 January 2014. 

Who is affected by section 30?

Section 30 affects every person who is employed as a teacher in a recognised school. 

What is a recognised school?

A recognised school is one that has been recognised by the Department of Education and Skills under section 10 of the 1998 Education Act. Centres of Education, also defined under the 1998 Act, are not recognised schools.

Do I need to register if my salary is not funded by the Department of Education and Skills or an Education and Training Board?

Section 30 only applies to State funded salaries.  If a teacher’s salary is paid out of the school’s own funds, there is no specific requirement to be registered with the Council.  The Council strongly recommends that all teachers should be registered with their professional body.

What will happen to unregistered teachers now that Section 30 has commenced?

An unregistered teacher employed in a recognised school cannot be paid out of State funds in respect of his/her employment as a teacher. The Department of Education and Skills and Education and Training Boards (ETBs) are prohibited by law from paying anybody employed as a teacher in a recognised school who is not registered. There is a very limited exception which is restricted to meeting immediate and urgent staffing needs in schools.  As the Council does not have any role in the payment of teachers, any queries regarding salary matters should be directed to your paymaster which may either be the Department of Education and Skills or an ETB.

How will my paymaster know if I am registered?

The Education (Amendment) Act, 2012 requires the Teaching Council to share information it holds on registered teachers with the Department of Education and Skills or Education and Training Boards on a regular basis. This data is used to confirm if a teacher is registered or not.

If I am not registered, when will my salary be stopped?

A person who ceases to be a registered teacher will not be entitled to receive salary as a teacher in a recognised school from the date his or her registration with the Council lapses. The Council understands that each paymaster will check the registration status of teachers in receipt of salary on a regular basis. If an unregistered person is registered subsequently with the Council, the Department or ETB has no power to pay for the period during which he or she was unregistered.  Any queries regarding salary matters should be directed to your paymaster which may either be the Department of Education and Skills or an Education and Training Board (ETB).

I was registered in the past with the Teaching Council. Can I pay the fee and be restored to the register?

The legislation which underpins the functions and duties of the Council requires that once a teacher has been removed from the register, he/she can only be readmitted if he/she follows the full registration process.  This means that a standard registration application form and Garda Vetting Form must be completed in all cases.  If a teacher has previously provided qualification transcripts, he/she need not submit them a second time.

I am employed as a teacher but was previously refused registration by the Teaching Council. What now?

If you are employed as a teacher and you have been refused registration by the Teaching Council, you should inform your school or ETB about the matter without delay.

I am about to retire. Can I let my registration lapse?

In order to receive salary for the period of your employment, you must remain registered whilst employed as a teacher.  Please contact your paymaster with regard to any salary matters.

Please also note that the State Examinations Commission require all teachers employed as Examination Superintendents to be registered with the Council.