The DES have issued a Circular on their website (May 14th 2008) re On Line Advertising for all Posts in Primary Schools.

The Minister for Education and Science wishes to inform the Boards of Management of primary schools that with immediate effect websites as advised to them by their respective management bodies may be used for advertising all teaching posts as an alternative to the current practice of placing advertisements in the national newspapers.

However, as an interim measure and to allow web based advertising of posts to become well established a shortened version of the advertisements must also be placed in a national newspaper. This requirement will cease with effect from 1 January, 2009.
DES Circular 0062/2008

So, until January 1st 2009 when advertising for a Post online, BOMs must also place a One Line Advertisement in a national newspaper giving certain basic details and the address of the website where the Full Advertisement is posted.

The Circular can be viewed and downloaded on the Department of Education and Science Website: www.education.ie under Education Personnel/Primary/Circulars & Information Booklets.

An Irish version of this circular is also available on the Department’s website.

See full text of Circular below.

Primary Circular 0062/2008

TO BOARDS OF MANAGEMENT, PRINCIPAL TEACHERS AND TEACHING STAFF IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS
WEB BASED ADVERTISING OF TEACHING POSTS

The Minister for Education and Science wishes to inform the Boards of Management of primary schools that with immediate effect websites as advised to them by their respective management bodies may be used for advertising all teaching posts as an alternative to the current practice of placing advertisements in the national newspapers.

However, as an interim measure and to allow web based advertising of posts to become well established a shortened version of the advertisements must also be placed in a national newspaper. This requirement will cease with effect from 1 January, 2009.

In general, the main management bodies have advised the Department that schools represented by them can advertise on any of the following websites:

www.educationposts.ie
www.eteach.ie
www.staffroom.ie

Educate Together has advised the Department that schools represented by them should advertise on www.educatetogether.ie as well as on any of the websites listed above.

Any changes to the list of websites are a matter for each management body.

The Public Appointments Commission website www.publicjobs.ie will also continue to be available as an option for advertising Principal posts and the procedures for using this are as set out in Circular 19/05. However, due to the volume of advertisements involved it is not available as an option for advertising other teaching posts.

The procedures for the appointment of teachers to primary schools and the rules governing the advertisement of posts as agreed between the Education Partners are outlined in Appendix D of the Constitution of Boards and Rules of Procedure for Boards of Management of National Schools, reviewed and updated in November, 2007. The review of the procedures includes agreement to allow for web based advertising for all teaching posts specifically with a view to reducing costs for Boards of Management.

The specific requirements for each advertisement (see extract from Appendix D attached) set out in the agreed procedures must continue to be adhered to in all advertisements whether done by national newspaper or by website. If using a website, the following shortened form of advertisement must also be put in a national newspaper using the following format:

“Permanent/fixed-term/part-time teacher required from 1 September, 2008 St. Mary’s NS, Bray RN12345X. See www………… for details”
(Board of Management to insert name of relevant website).

Boards of Management are also reminded that they must not advertise permanent teaching posts until the appropriate redeployment panel is either cleared or when those on the panel have declined in writing the offer of a post.

You are requested to bring the procedures outlined in this Circular to the attention of all Board members, all teaching staff and parents’ representatives.

The Circular can also be viewed and downloaded on the Department of Education and Science Website: www.education.ie under Education Personnel/Primary/Circulars & Information Booklets. An Irish version of this circular is also available on the Department’s website.

Queries regarding the Circular may be e-mailed to primary_payments@education.gov.ie

Hubert Loftus
Principal Officer
14 May, 2008.