At a meeting on 22 October 2015 unions and the department agreed on steps to distribute the 54 747 posts declared (as per NF 27 of 2015).
• As is usual 649 posts were kept to deal with substitutes, Growth posts, therapist posts and specific curriculum challenges.
• A perennial problem has been the ad hoc way of dealing with appeals after the issue of pre final post establishments, which have a knock on effect on all schools.
• After heated debate it was agreed to keep 3 450 posts to deal with the

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