TextASub for Schools

Sub Seeker will replace TextaSub on Thursday 12 December

We are delighted to announce that the new Sub Seeker short-term substitute teacher service, developed in a joint collaboration between IPPN and NAPD, will launch at 10.00am on Thursday 12 December, at which time TextaSub will be withdrawn. More than 500 primary and post-primary teachers have already registered for Sub Seeker. You can continue to use TextaSub until 10.00am on 12 December so there will be no break in service to schools or to substitute teachers.

If you have not yet registered for Sub Seeker, please do so now. Click here for more information




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TextaSub for Schools

Schools can advertise for a Substitute Primary Teaching post by logging on to www.ippn.ie or by clicking this link

Circular 0031/2011 - available here - recommends TextASub as an effective means of sourcing fully-qualified primary teachers for substitute vacancies in your school.


Employing Substitute Teachers

It is a school leader’s responsibility to check the following information before permitting a substitute teacher to enter a classroom. In any case where there is doubt, there is no obligation on the school leader to provide employment.

What does a substitute teacher need to provide?

  • A copy of their teaching qualification certificate
  • Teaching Council registration number
  • Vetting Disclosure (Circular 31/2016)
  • Statutory Declaration Form & signed Form of Undertaking (Circular 31/2016)
  • Photo identification e.g. driving licence or passport
  • PPS Number
  • Contact details of relevant recent employers for independent reference checking.


To advertise for a substitute teacher using TextASub you will need to agree to the following disclaimer:

I understand that TextaSub is not a recruitment facility. It is an advertising service which IPPN provides to facilitate the short-term recruitment of fully qualified, Teaching Council-registered primary school teachers. It is to be used for substitute vacancies of 24 weeks or less c.f. Governance Manual for Primary Schools 2015 – 2019 (Appendix D, Section 3.2).

I understand that IPPN and TextaSub are not responsible for the integrity of data provided by personnel registered with this service.

I understand that it is our (the school/employer) responsibility to verify the identity, qualifications and suitability of substitute teachers. In any case where there is doubt, substitute teachers must be required to provide the necessary evidence (1-6 below) for verification and suitability checking.

  1. A copy of their teaching qualification certificate
  2. Teaching Council registration number
  3. Vetting Disclosure (Circular 31/2016)
  4. Statutory Declaration Form & signed Form of Undertaking (Circular 31/2016)
  5. Photo identification e.g. driving licence or passport
  6. PPS Number
  7. Contact details of relevant recent employers for independent reference checking
To advertise for a Substitute Teaching post please click here