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How long is a school day?

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by elljell, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. elljell

    elljell New commenter

    How do you work out the number of hours worked in a school day? Does it only include the number of hours actually spent in the classroom with the children? Is break included? Dinner time? Any time before or after school? I am trying to work out how much directed time we do actually work so any info on these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to anybody who replies.
     
  2. elljell

    elljell New commenter

    How do you work out the number of hours worked in a school day? Does it only include the number of hours actually spent in the classroom with the children? Is break included? Dinner time? Any time before or after school? I am trying to work out how much directed time we do actually work so any info on these questions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to anybody who replies.
     
  3. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Lunch break is always unpaid and does not count towards Directed Time. You cannot be made to do a Dinner Duty; if you agree to do one, you should be paid (not teacher rates) and probably get a free meal too. Other break times are paid time and you can thus be required to do a duty.
    A F/T teacher on an LA contract is subject to 1265 Directed Time Hours to be worked over 195 days (190 pupil days and 5 INSETS).
    That works out at about 6.5 hours per day but your Directed Time will be less than 6.5 on many days to allow for more than 6.5 on days when meetings, open evenings, parents' evenings etc are held.
    The 1265 hours are not your maximum work hours, obviously. They represent the times when your Head can direct where you should be and what you should be doing (teach lessons, registration/tutor periods, PPA, NQT time, after school meetings, INSET, parents' Evenings etc). You can then choose where you are (home or school) and when, for doing any extra work required for you to discharge your duties. The latter will vary as some teachers take much longer to plan and assess.
    If you lay on lungtime or after-school activities, it's voluntary and not aprt of your Directed Time.
    The school should have planned all the mettings etc wbefore the start of the school year and you should have acopy or have access to one. If your Directed Hours are not used up , you can be told to undertake specific random tasks in your non-protected free time in the school day.
     
  4. Teachers have Directed Time of 1265 hours over the 195 days of the school year. You have to be available for work for those 195 days. That is made up of 190 teaching days and 5 INSET days.
    How the 1265 hours is spread over the year is up to each individual school. It does not include lunchtime as this is not paid time.
    Schools are meant to produce a Directed Time Budget (Timetable) each year. This should specify times by which teachers should arrive at school for work and an earliest leaving time eg 8:30 - 4:15. The DT Budget should also cater for the INSET days and any evening meetings such as parent consultations, as well as allowing for staff meetings. Many DT budgets leave a few hours "in the bank" for any unexpected situation which might occur.
    However, I would say that any teacher who expects to work no more than these hours is fooling him/herself as STPCD makes it very clear that teachers are expected to work more than this to be able to do their job properly. Though their employer cannot direct where and when.
     

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