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I work 2 full days and 1 full morning per week is 0.5 contract week correct?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by simsparkes, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    I work as a PPA cover teacher and teach all day Mondays and Tuesdays plus Wednesday mornings. Is it right that I get paid on a 0.5 contract? Our school days are 8.45am till 12.15pm mornings ( with 15 minutes break), I cover break on Monday and Wednesday mornings, I also attend staff meetings every Tuesday afternoon. Afternoon sessions are 1.15pm to 3.15pm. I receive no PPA time but my headteacher says they will increase my contract to 0.55. Is this correct? Thanks in advance.
  2. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    I think assemblies don't count in the calculation. You don't count breaks, either - just teaching time and PPA time.

    Ignoring assemblies: school's teaching week = 5.25x5 = 26.25, your teaching week = 13.75+10% PPA = 15.125
    15.125/26.25 = 0.576...

    If there's 15 minutes assembly every morning, it would be 14.3/25 = 0.572.

    Staff meetings and duties don't come into the calculation. Once you've got your proportion of teaching/PPA time, whether it's 0.55 or 0.57 or whatever, multiply that by 1265 to find your directed time. They cannot direct you for more than that time, so if your teaching time, PPA time, duties, staff meetings, etc add up to more than that over the year, you can politely enquire about reducing that - perhaps by skipping selected staff meetings that have little relevance to you.
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  3. ridleyrumpus

    ridleyrumpus Star commenter

    How many lessons are there in the morning and how many in the afternoon?

    On the face of it no it does not seem like a 0.5 contract.
  4. Sundaytrekker

    Sundaytrekker Star commenter

    Frustum is correct. It depends on your own school’s exact timings but 0.55 sounds about right. More important is your lack of PPA time which you must have. Some schools deal with this for part timers by paying them for the 10% extra time. Is this what your head is saying she is doing to make 0.55? In that case you need something like 0.6 to cover the time plus PPA. Or they cover you for a relevant session to save the extra money .
  5. livingstone83

    livingstone83 Occasional commenter

    Google NUT part time calculator.

    It will give you a link to a handy spreadsheet.

    I used this in negotiation with 3 separate members of part time staff (Union Rep for 7 years). One of them resulted in a pay rise, two of them in reduction of hours.
  6. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Standard question - do you work under STPCD conditions? If so, this sounds wrong, and you should be getting PPA. Paying you at .55 would give you the PPA, but then it would not allow for mornings being longer than afternoons.

    By the way, if the school were to allow for the difference in durations of the two sessions each day, you might find somebody working more afternoons than mornings getting paid less.
  7. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

  8. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    Thanks for your reply. I am going to be paid for my PPA time at 10 % of my contract so the school suggested my part-time contract should be 0.55.
  9. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

  10. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    Thanks for your very detailed reply. We have assemblies lasting 15 minutes each afternoon so in effect that is 30 minutes. Mornings 8.45 to 12.15pm with 15 minutes break so 3 hours each morning.
  11. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

  12. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    3 hours in morning and 2 hours in afternoon including 15 minutes assembly. Thanks for your reply.
  13. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

  14. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    Thanks I will do this.
  15. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Look up STPCD 2018, the guidance on 'Part time teachers' remuneration on page 71. It gives a detailed template for calculating what fraction of a week you are working, and so what fractional salary you must receive, under STPCD terms of employment.

    If you are in an LA school, or an academy that has incorporated STPCD into your contract of employment, that is the only legal way to work out your part-time fraction.
  16. simsparkes

    simsparkes New commenter

    Thanks for your help. Using the advice you've shared I have calculated that I should receive 0.572 of full time pay. Thanks again

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