Teachers employed in recognised primary and post primary schools
A Career Break is a period of unpaid special leave for no less than one school year. It may be extended on an annual basis if the total period of the Career Break is not longer than five years at any time, and is a maximum of 10 years during a teacher’s career.
The main aim of the Career Break Scheme is to facilitate a teachers personal and professional development in the following areas:
voluntary service overseas
accompanying spouse or partner on diplomatic or military posting
A teacher must complete the Application Form
on page 107 of Circular 0054/2019. They must submit it to their employer by 1 February of each school year prior to the school year in which they want to begin or extend a career break.
Special needs assistants seeking a career break must submit a letter of application to their employer by 1 February of each school year prior to the school year in which they want to begin or extend the career break.
Teacher and SNAs: Terms and Conditions
Teacher/SNAs Terms & Conditions, Department of Education, Cornamaddy, Athlone, N37 X659