Last time I taught (a long time ago, I admit!), there were 8 periods a day (between 9am and 4pm) and typically you would get 1 a day 'free' for prep. though you would normally end up covering another class during that time. I was just talking with a friend who is contemplating going into teaching, and she has been told that these days, you get a 50/50 ratio of contact time and planning time and so there are 4 hours a day 'free'!!! Is this true? How does that work out if there are say 5 contact hours a day or are you deemed to have 3 hours worth of 'frees' after the end of the pupils' day? Is there a good link that gives an up to date summary of information like this (I mean details, not the 'if you are enquiring about hours and stuff you are not worthy of being a teacher' type response) do quite often get asked about being a teacher by people so I would like to point them at the right info!