Teachers employed in recognised primary and post primary schools
A Career Break is a period of unpaid special leave for no less than 1 school year. It may be extended on an annual basis if the total period of the Career Break is not longer than 5 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
For further information, please refer to the Career Break Scheme
contained in Circular 0054/2019
titled Leave Schemes for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools.
Special needs assistants
The Career Break Scheme provides employees with an option to avail of a leave of absence from school, without pay, for a minimum period of 1 year.
Objectives of the scheme include:
The maximum duration of a career break is 5 years and the overall maximum absence during a teaching career is 10 years.
For further information on Career Break Scheme for SNA’s please see the circulars below.
A teacher must complete the Application Form on page 107 of the document below. 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.
Leave Schemes for Registered Teachers employed in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools
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.
In response to issues raised in relation to teacher supply, certain restrictions imposed in the Career Break Scheme have been suspended for the past number of school years. You are advised that these restrictions are also suspended for the 2021/22 school year.