Hi i'm pulling my hair out right now and arguing like mad with my 'non teaching partner' about an ongoing issue I have with my school, more specifically the Head who, in my opinion is wrong.... I sort of understand the 1265 hours and also know that no teacher does in any way less than this - in fact I think the average working hours we teachers put in is about 1900hours, however, my head is somewhat a maverick when it comes to abiding by rules, regulations and dare i say it, 'guidelines'. I raised the issue of the 1265 working hours agreement about 4 years ago citing work life balance with the support of my union and the lea. We had a grievance meeting and this was resolved in way of an 'agreement' between myself and the head whereby there was a slightly more flexible allowance in when I arrived at school and left etc. Now I was given advice by my union that I did not have to arrive at school more than 10minutes before the start of the day and I could leave 10 minutes after the end or after my last child had been released - obviously using common sense! I was led to believe that the teaching hours, inset days, weekly staff meeting, ppa, parents evening and a contingency of about 10% should make up the 1265 hours and that I could not be directed to remain in school outside of these agreed times, but that obviously in a health working environment teachers arrive early and or stay late to complete all that needs completing. I understandall that is expected of me in my job e.g marking, preparation, reports etc and like a huge number of teachers with a family, there is a preference to complete this at home, its why the majority of us have chosen a 'family friendly' profession. My dilemna. After agreeing the so called 'directed hours' with the head, 4 years down the line and a tremendous amount of both bullying and undermining of confidence, I am faced with the same battle. A memo has been circulated stating the following: The revision of dircted hours has been put to the governing body and unions and been approved ( I know not by the unions) and therefore all staff will be expected to adhere to the following hours: teaching time 5hours x 190 days = 950hours ppa 2.5 hours per week = 95hours inset days 5.5hours x 5days = 27hours 30mins weekly staff meeting 1hour x38 = 38hours team meeting 1hour x38 = 38hours totalling 1053hours 30minutes in addition to these hours, the following hours will be required: 30mins pre-school prep x190days = 95hours daily handover/evaluation 45minsx114days = 85hours 30mins weekly handover meeting 15minsx38 = 9hours 30mins weekly team meeting 15minsx38 = 9hours 30mins 2 annual parents meetings = 8hours totalling 207hours 30mins finally totalling 1261 hours...leaving 4 hours remaining to support school functions. Now can someone please please please help me to grasp how on earth this is possible and yet all the documents I read are so vague that trying to explain to my other half that this is just wrong is causing nothing but major arguments as to whether I am being unreasonable or not. I understand that the head can direct the teaching hours, a weekly meeting, inset days, ppa, parents evening and approx 10% contingency for things like school event, meeting unexpectedly with parents etc - Am I mad? Please if you have any information you can offer or advice - I really need it as, although I have the support of the union, they are a bit slow in getting involved and so I'd like to take this on myself. Thanks fellow educators!