Currently on a short contract at a school and my temporary colleagues are all getting a little antsy about a compulsory period 6 being added to one of their teaching days each week. The normal day is five one hour lessons plus 35 mins mentoring and form time in the morning. I've been in other schools and there has been objections and union action against a period 6 or 7 being added on. The SLT here claim they are well within their rights to add it as directed time. I've been asked if I would do some for extra pay but I'd rather have the time away from school. Does anyone know whether this falls under normal directed time or is contact time different in anyway? Personally I'd hate it. The idea of a meeting one day, period 6 another and then the possibility of a pastoral meeting. This, all too common, erosion of our personal time is one of the reasons teaching is so toxic.