A primary school teacher will normally undertake the Droichead process when employed as a mainstream class teacher in a recognised primary school. As a general rule, paid employment in a permanent, temporary or substitute capacity is eligible, where the teacher is teaching all 11 subjects of the Primary School Curriculum, including Irish, to a mainstream class of pupils (single or multi-grade) for the entire school day.
Other than in exceptional circumstances, schools should deploy NQTs in a mainstream setting. In certain circumstances, where the NQT is the most appropriate teacher to support the needs of pupils, they may complete the Droichead process in one of the following roles:
a) special class teacher in a mainstream school
b) teacher in a special school
c) full-time resource teacher of pupils with low-incidence disabilities (as defined by the DES)
d) full-time learning support teacher
e) a role which combines both c) and d) above (Learning Support/Resource Teaching post).
In the above cases, the period of employment must involve teaching the same cohort of pupils (save for exceptional absences). As part of the Droichead process, the school should also endeavour to ensure that there are opportunities for the newly qualified teacher to teach in a mainstream setting, which would include the teaching and learning of Gaeilge in a mainstream class, in collaboration with the class teacher.