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How do you get a teaching job in Northern Ireland?

Find out where to look for vacancies and how to get a teaching job in Northern Ireland.
The majority of beginning teachers take a temporary supply role for their first year.

The Northern Ireland education system is made up of different types of schools controlled by management committees, which are responsible for employing teachers.

The NI Department of Education is currently running a pilot programme, Investing in the Teaching Workforce, which was announced in June 2016 and provides funding so that 120 teachers over the age of 55 can retire, to be replaced by teachers who have qualified since 2012 and been unable to find permanent teaching positions.

JobCentre Online NI and the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education advertise teaching vacancies on their websites.

Vacancies can also be found on the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) website. If you are applying for a primary or nursery post in a Catholic maintained school, you should have a recognised religious education certificate by the time you start the post.

Job shortages are driving many qualified teachers to seek supply roles or teaching positions outside Northern Ireland. In the UK these can be advertised on local authority websites as well as individual school websites. Teaching roles, internationally and in the UK, are advertised in the local and national press, and on the job sections of their websites, such as Times Educational Supplement Jobs and Guardian School Jobs.

Teachers must be registered with the Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register to be employed as a substitute teacher.

If you are looking for employment as a further education lecturer in Northern Ireland you should initially get in touch with the individual FE college or look on their website. For details, see Northern Ireland Further Education Colleges.

Entry requirements for teachers in Northern Ireland

The Department of Education requires teachers to have an Enhanced Disclosure criminal background check carried out before taking up a post. This is mandatory for permanent or supply work and the cost for this Enhanced Disclosure check is to be met by the teacher. If you have already been vetted through Access NI for a teaching post, you will not be required to be vetted again, but will be asked to provide your certificate number.

Written by Kirsty Osman, Cardiff University