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Ulster Teachers’ Union


The Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme launched on 5 September 2016. The Scheme will enable up to 120 teachers aged 55 years and over on 31 March 2017 to be released from the teaching profession, at their request, providing job opportunities for up to 120 recently qualified teachers, who have qualified in the years from 2012 up to, and including, 2016.

If you are interested in this scheme, please follow the link below to download the application form which needs to be completed and returned to your Principal by Friday 16th September 2016.

Circular 2016/12 below provides guidelines on the operation of the Investing in the Teaching Workforce Scheme in 2016/17.

The application form below should be downloaded for completion.

Should you have any questions in relation to the Scheme please refer to the document below or contact UTU on 02890 662216.


While negotiations have continued with DE and CCEA in the early part of the summer, we still have no final agreement regarding assessment.

We hope to have a resolution reflective of teachers' concerns in the very near future but until this is finalised our INDUSTRIAL ACTION REMAINS UNCHANGED.

The CEC meets on 16th September and will review progress to date and following that meeting you will be informed of any changes to the Industrial Action. We would like to thank you for your assistance in supporting our Action to date. If you have any further queries or would like clarification on any aspect of the current Action please do not hesitate in contacting UTU Headquarters to arrange a visit from an Official.


Following Leigh Cooper’s redeployment to the post of Field Officer she has been replaced in her Organising Officer role by Rebekka Gilpin.

Rebekka will be contacting schools from September to arrange to call with them at a suitable time. Her main focus will be on recruitment so if you feel there may be potential for new UTU members in your school please let us know and Rebekka will call with you. Rebekka is a qualified teacher who has until recently been teaching in a school in England.

There will be an article about Rebekka in the next UTU News.



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A serving teacher applying for UTU membership will normally be enrolled as a full subscribing member.Subscription will be deducted from salary monthly in arrears at the rate of 0.6% of gross salary, but the ceiling (ie the maximum payable by any individual) will be one and a half times the minimum subscription. A teacher will be considered a full member from the date Head Office receives the completed deduction authorisation card until the date last deduction is made.



Upcoming Events

Monday, 7th November 2016
F&GP (5pm @ UTU HQ)
Wednesday, 9th November 2016
Conference sub-committee (4:30pm @ UTU HQ)
Friday, 11th November 2016
Thursday, 17th November 2016
Southern Area Meeting - Managing Challenging Behaviour (Seagoe Hotel @ 5pm)
Tuesday, 22nd November 2016
INTO/UTU Pre-Retirement Seminar (4pm - 6pm @UTU Headquarters)
South Western Area Association meeting (4.30pm in the Enniskillen Model Primary)