How do you get a teaching job in Northern Ireland?

Cathy Taylor from the University of West London advises on where to look for vacancies and how to get a teaching job in Northern Ireland.


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The Northern Ireland education system is made up of different types of schools controlled by management committees, which are responsible for employing teachers. Most new teachers take a temporary supply role for their first year.

Where to find vacancies

You can find teaching vacancies online at:

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. St Marys University College and Ulster University offer a Certificate in Religious Education in addition to their BEd and PGCE programmes. Stranmillis students can also complete a certificate via St Marys University College. For details, see the CCMS website.

Teachers must be registered with the Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register (NISTR) 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 further education college or look on their websites. 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.

Starting salaries for teachers in Northern Ireland

The main pay scale for qualified teachers starts at £24,137. Information on current teaching salary scales is available from the NASUWT Teaching Union website.

This article was last updated August 2021.

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