Hi all I've recently begun working in an Independent School (secondary) as a full time teacher. I got my final version of my timetable this week and I am only teaching 27 periods out of 40 (8 X 40 minute lessons). Don't get me wrong, not complaining at all! But is this normal? I feel like there has to be some sort of catch. I've only ever known state education where I had very little frees at all.