Release Time for Principal Teachers in Primary Schools

The number of days has increased from 15, 20 or 25 to 17, 23, and 29, depending on the number of mainstream teachers in the school.


The circular also provides for an expansion of the pilot scheme for Principal Release Time Posts. Schools may cluster their release days with other schools to create a fixed-term Principal Release Time Post with one teacher covering the release days of all the schools in the cluster. The arrangements for these posts are set out in the circular and schools may apply for the cluster using the form  Appendix A.

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