Covid-19 Income Support Scheme for Substitute Teachers

The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial support to substitute teachers who no longer have access to work as a substitute teacher as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

The purpose of the scheme is to provide financial support to substitute teachers who no longer have access to work as a substitute teacher as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Contents

  1. Who can apply?
  2. How much you will receive?
  3. When will payments be made?
  4. How to apply?

Who can apply?

You can apply if you:

  • have worked as a substitute teacher in Northern Ireland in September, October, November or December 2020;
  • have lost the opportunity for income as a substitute teacher in Northern Ireland through the current six week school closures due to COVID-19;
  • are available to work as a substitute teacher, if required, in January and February 2021. (If you are unavailable to work as a result of following PHA advice, you may still apply to the scheme).

Please note – applications will not be accepted from teachers who have previously retired and are in receipt of a Teacher’s pension.

How much you will receive?

The scheme has been developed to subsidise the income of substitute teachers to a level of at least 80% of the average earned in the period from September to December 2020.

Payment will be calculated based on 80% of the average days/hours you worked during the period 1 September to 31 December 2020. Payments will be processed through the payroll system for substitute teachers, with the normal tax, national insurance and pension contributions deducted.

Actual days/hours worked, or booked to work, during the period 1 January to 14 February 2021, will be offset against any claim for days/hours through the scheme.

Example:

Anne worked an average of 10 days a month in September 2020 to December 2020 as a substitute teacher. Her maximum payment through the scheme would be 8 days (i.e. 80% of 10 days) in January and 4 days (i.e. 50% of this) for the period 1 to14 February.

Anne was booked through NISTR for 10 days in January and 2 days in the period to 14 February. The school in which she was booked will meet the payments for the 10 days in January and 2 days in February.

The scheme will provide Anne additional income as follows:

For January:       No payment (the 10 days booked by the school are more than the 8 days entitlement through the scheme)   

For February:     Payment for 2 days (i.e. 4 days less 2 days booked and paid for by the school)

When will payments be made?

If eligible, you should expect to receive your income support payment (for the period January and to 14 February) on 16 March 2021.  Payment dates through Voluntary Grammar schools will vary.

How to apply?

If you meet the eligibility criteria detailed above, you should complete and return the application form below by 29 January 2021.

Click here to complete the online application form

Scheme Contact details:

SubstituteTeachers.Scheme@education-ni.gov.uk

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