Primary school teachers are to stop cooperating with some school administrative procedures in protest at increased teacher workloads and the ongoing ban on teacher promotions.

In a ballot, 97% of Irish National Teachers’ Organisation members backed industrial action on the issue.

The INTO will now issue a directive on non-cooperation with a Department of Education programme whereby schools self-evaluate teaching and learning.

The ban on promotional posts was introduced in 2008 as part of a general moratorium imposed across the public sector.

The INTO says it has severely hit the career prospects of teachers and has increased their work burden.

General Secretary Sheila Nunan said the ban had devastated school management structures.

She said the department could not expect schools to endlessly expand self-evaluation while watching leadership and management structures built up over years being dismantled.