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Teachers' (Eligibility) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Employment of teachers

8.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2) or (3), as the case may be, only persons eligible to teach shall be employed as teachers in a grant-aided school or as peripatetic teachers.

(2) Subject to paragraph (5), where a board of governors which is an employing authority is satisfied that no person eligible to teach is available for employment, it may employ for a period normally not exceeding four weeks, a person who is not eligible to teach.

(3) Subject to paragraph (5), where a board of governors which is not an employing authority satisfies the relevant employing authority that no person eligible to teach is available for employment, the board of governors—

(a)may appoint for a period normally not exceeding four weeks, a person who is not eligible to teach; and

(b)shall notify that employing authority within three working days of such appointment.

(4) In paragraph (3) “working day” means any weekday other than a Saturday or a public holiday.

(5) A board of governors shall not appoint to employment under paragraph (2) or (3) any person whose employment is for the time being—

(a)suspended by an employing authority under regulation 7(4)(a); or

(b)prohibited or restricted by the Department under regulation 9(1)(a) or (b).

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