Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register

Welcome to the Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register (NISTR) information web site.  NISTR is an on-line web based facility which provides a real-time booking system and a regional centralised database for all substitute teachers in Northern Ireland.

Response to COVID-19 Crisis

As a substitute teacher, how will school closures affect my booking and pay?

Even though schools will be closed to pupils, they will remain open for staff so that they can access resource materials and make arrangements for remote learning as appropriate, to facilitate provision for vulnerable children and those of key workers, and be available to carry out other duties that principals may require of them.

All employees will receive normal pay across the range of circumstances that we are facing whether they remain in the workplace, are working from home or are unable to carry on working due to circumstances beyond their control. Substitute teachers will also receive their normal pay for the period of time that they have been engaged to work.

This includes any engagements currently registered on the NISTR system AND any engagements which have been verbally agreed between the school and the substitute teacher.

If you are already a school or a substitute teacher registered on the system, you can use the Login button above to connect to the NISTR web application.  If you are a substitute teacher and you wish to register on the system then complete the stages on our New Substitute Teacher Registration page.  If you are a school and wish to register a new user please contact NISTR administration.

We are always aiming to improve our system and welcome feedback from users.

Latest Site Updates

  • 23 March 2020

    Welcome to the Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register (NISTR) information web site.  NISTR is an on-line web based facility which provides a real-time booking system and a regional centralised database for all substitute teachers in Northern Ireland.

  • 10 September 2019

    Before a substitute teacher can become 'active' on the NISTR booking system they must complete all registration stages.

  • 18 July 2019

    Before contacting NISTR staff please make sure you have read relevant content on this NISTR information web site, relevant form documentation correctly, and onscreen system help when logged into the NISTR service.