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Probation for teachers in Non-Droichead Primary schools

Traditional process for addressing post-qualification professional practice conditions in a primary school (Probation)

A primary teacher can undertake the probationary process through the traditional method when employed as a mainstream class teacher in a school with less than 24 mainstream class teachers or in a school which is not registered for Droichead.  A teacher must be teaching all 11 subjects of the Primary School Curriculum, including Irish, to a mainstream class of pupils from junior infants to sixth class (single or multi-grade) for the entire school day.

Teachers working in special education/restricted settings or in a school with over 24 maintream class teachers may avail of the Droichead process to gain full registration with the Council.   Full information on this process is available on the Teaching Council's website under Droichead.  If you have any queries regarding this process, please contact the Teaching Council directly.

To have his or her professional competence evaluated to satisfy the Council’s probation requirements, a teacher must make an application for inspection using the Form OP1.

Applications must be made electronically and as soon as a teacher commences service in a post that is eligible for probation and that will last for a period of at least 50 consecutive school days. The date on which LEC received a completed Form OP1 or the first date of employment, whichever is the later, will be used when determining the 50/100-day period. Every effort is made to ensure that all eligible teachers who make an application for inspection will be inspected in that school year. Teachers must be available for inspection on any day of the 50/100 day period.

The criteria used in the inspection of the work of teachers for probationary and registration purposes in primary schools is outlined here.

The application form to register to complete the professional practice process through the traditional method in a non-Droichead school from September 2017 will be available soon.  Please keep checking this page for the application to become available over the coming weeks.

Should you wish to contact Limerick Education Centre with any queries on Probation, you can contact Jenny Delaney on 061 585060 ext 4 or email at


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