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Are you in KS1? How much break time to you have on average each day?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by stresagirl, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. stresagirl

    stresagirl New commenter

    KS1 teachers, how much break time/ non contact prep time do you have on average per day? I’m curious to know if what we have ( it’s been shortened this academic year) is typical. An hour for lunch. Nothing mid-morning or afternoon, but can go to toilet if we wish to when children in the playground. Strictly not a sit down break though as the staffroom is used for interventions at the former morning playtime.

    I understand the guidance is a break of a reasonable length in the middle of the working day.
  2. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Same. Teachers are covering morning and afternoon breaks on the playground so have around an hour for lunch ( although often interrupted!) . PPA time as usual.
  3. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I have 25 mins mid morning, unless someone is tearful or has a toileting accident, then I go and sort that.
    I get 25 mins at lunch, minus however long it takes to deliver the part time children to their parents, so in practice around 15 mins.
    And 15 mins mid afternoon, with similar conditions to the morning break.

    So usually, in total just under an hour.
    We also start at 8.35 and finish at 3.45, so a long day.

    But then again I only have 9 children when all of them are in, usually 7 or 8 at any one time.
  4. lardylady

    lardylady Star commenter

    I have to cover morning break 3 times a week and get half an hour for lunch. We don't have afternoon break. PPA is 2 hours a week. School day is 8.40 - 3.10. I'm KS2 but KS1 have exactly the same apart from the day ending 5 minutes earlier.
  5. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Doors open at 8.30AM and even though mine are supposed to start at 9.00AM we have to accommodate siblings so all photocopying etc needs to be done before then. I can do some prep in the classroom between 8.30 - 9.00 but only if the children play ball - sit quietly and don't fuss!
    Me and my TA share our mid morning break - one of us rushes off first to fet a drink and a wee then relieves the other (15 mins break). Lunch is 45 minutes but there's generally some hanging about to do so more like 30 and if there's stuff to prep for Science etc then nothing. The children get a 15 minute break in the afternoon but I have no TA then so it's covered by me. I'm not too ***** about the breaks but the lack of prep time when the kids might have been in assembly etc is killing me.
  6. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Surely an hour for lunch is a reasonable break in the middle of the day?
  7. sooooexcited

    sooooexcited Established commenter

    No time during the morning or afternoon.
    40 mins lunch.
  8. Lala24

    Lala24 New commenter

    Half an hour lunch as we are covering all breaks and lunch duty between the two members of staff in our bubble. We cover each other when we need the loo, which has greatly reduced, because we don't have time to make or drink tea! Am thinking that this is not sustainable. o_Oo_Oo_Oo_O
    rosfow likes this.
  9. dreamweaverplusactor

    dreamweaverplusactor New commenter

    Even in KS2 it's pretty brutal. Kids come in at half 8; we have to be on break duty, so no break there; lunchtime has been pushed back to 12.45 due to staggered times in the hall; lunchtime is also only 45 minutes (kids in UKS2 eat in the classroom too, so no escaping them!); and the school day is pushed back to 15:25 finish because of staggered pickups.
  10. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    I work in an independent school abroad. Children are in from 8:30-3:30. My only break is if there is a lesson with a specialist teacher (30-45 minutes, depending on the lesson). Otherwise I am with the children all the time, including lunchtime, playground duty, etc. I have a TA so can pop to the toilet when necessary. This is typical for my school and although it's tough, you do get used to it.
  11. oliviaiasi70

    oliviaiasi70 New commenter

    We get an 45mins for lunch unless we're on duty (15 mins once a week). We get 15 mins breaktime unless we're on duty (once or twice a week). That is once you've got everyone outside ! No PPA as I'm 0.6.
  12. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Everyone should have PPA at 10% of their timetabled teaching load.
    3 days a week will be about 15 hours teaching, so 1.5 hours PPA time.
  13. napsiasi

    napsiasi New commenter

    I know. I just haven't asked as I know there's no one to cover me
  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    That's a problem for the head to sort out.
    You are entitled to PPA time and need to make a fuss or you set a precedent for everyone else in your school.
    littlejackhorner likes this.
  15. napsiasi

    napsiasi New commenter

    I hadn't thought of it like that. You're right.
    43Meadows likes this.
  16. blushingberry

    blushingberry New commenter

    Or be paid for the additional time to do PPA at home on your days off.

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