Hi All, I don't know quite where I stand on all of this so advice welcomed! I am an NQT who was on a timetable of 37/40 (so 3 lessons under full timetable) and I was told that those 3 lessons (plus a couple of swapped lessons) would be used to cover for a colleague who had been signed off sick for a month. This turned into 2 months, then 3 and finally into 4 months! The person off sick has just started back on a phased return and I assume that they will be taking this class back. I'm just wondering if this is allowed under 'rarely cover' or whether it would be classed a part of directed time? Advice/Opinions welcome!