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How many lesson should I expect to teach?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by lexiebelle7, May 21, 2011.

  1. Hi, Wonder if anyone can help...

    I am about to graduate in July and have a job teaching secondary Chemistry in September. I am lucky enough to already know what classes I have and how many hours I will be teaching over a 2 week timetable but was wondering (and I can't remember) what is the norm? How many lessons a week are NQT's expected to teach in their first year? I have a feeling my new school is being quite generous to me - they have me down for 37 hours in a 2 week timetable (50 periods) - am I right or is this normal?

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  2. I am in the last term of my NQT year. We have a 2 week time table also (50 periods). I teach 39, as do most my fellow PGCE mates who got jobs. So you are about right! [​IMG]
  3. Sillow

    Sillow Lead commenter

    You should have the normal 10% PPA time, plus of that 10% NQT time, so it works out as 19% of the week out-of-class. So it does sound okay, even a bit generous!
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    It is a generous timetable. Will you also have a Form group?
    You should find out eventually which of your 'frees' are PPA time, which are NQT time and which are undesignated free periods when you could be directed what to do (emergency cover for instance).
    Quite often, schools will not put additional demands on NQTs in their first term so you may be able to rely on 13 non-contact hours per fortnight for your planning and assessment and NQT specific needs. Allocate some to observing other teachers (not just in your specialism) ... with their permission, of course. It can be very useful seeing how pupils respond to other staff and other techniques.


  5. I'm jealous! As an NQT, I teach 40 out of a possible 50 lessons. And a form group.
  6. mickymilan

    mickymilan New commenter

    I will be teaching 20 + 1 citizenship with tutor group
  7. They are being generous, so the school should clearly identify which periods are for NQT and which for PPA and the other non-contact can, if necessary be taken for other duties.
  8. I am working as an unqualified teacher and I am doing 43 hours teaching time per 2 week timetable, is this normal?
  9. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Yes, normal for a post-NQT teacher (maybe 2 hours less actually). NQTs have a slight reduction.
  10. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    It depends upon the number of lessons over the 2 week period. The statutory requirement is that you get 10% less than the usual main scale allocation. Overall NQTs will have a 19% reduction on a full timetable accounting for preparation and marking time and then the NQT release in addition.

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