# stupid question but...

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by LERlee, Mar 3, 2011.

1. ### LERlee

if a job is advertised as part time and .5... how many hours is this in English please?

2. ### LERlee

if a job is advertised as part time and .5... how many hours is this in English please?

3. ### littlemissrawOccasional commenter

2.5 days approx 17.5 hours? x

4. ### LERlee

Thank you! i just didnt understand how its worked out. Nobody has ever told me and its not something ive ever needed to know..

5. ### minnieminxNew commenter

But surely you knew 0.5 is a half so could work out half a working week as 2.5 days?

6. ### jubileeLead commenter

0.5 means half pay for half of f/t Directed Hours. 1265= full time Directed Hours over 39 weeks, when the HEAD can direct when you will be teaching, when on NQT time, PPA, INSET, meetings etc.
As a part-timer, you can only be required to attend meetings (staff and parent ones) + INSET on days when you are timetabled to be in school, so might end up serving less than your maximum Directed Hours.
You should ascertain how many lessons are taught by a full-timer with no other responsibilities. You can then deduct 10% from that to allow for NQT time and divide the remainder by 2. Compare the answer with the number of hours you are required to teach.
As to the 2.5 days, that's not strictly accurate unless the morning and afternoon sessions in the school are of the same length. Some 0.5 (or other p/t contracts) involve being in school p/t every day. That suits some people where it fits in with dropping off nad collecting their own children from school but it is not liked by others as you have p/t pay b ut f/t transport costs to work.
Some p/t contracts specify that the work will be confined to 1,2,3 or 4 days per week. Some specify certain days of the week (jb shares etc). Others simply state 0.35 or 0.74 and the number of days timetabled can change from year to year (not helpful when you have specified days booked in a nursery or with a childminder).

7. ### jubileeLead commenter

In Primary, 0.5 should equate to around 10 hours of lessons to be taught each week and 2.5 hours of PPA/NQT time (which must be allocated in blocks of at least 30 minutes.
My sister did Nursery on a full-time contract as an NQT and she worked 4.5 days in school and was allowed to take the remaining Nursery session as PPA/NQT time at home if she wished. In secondary, they are less likely to put all the PPA/NQT time into one session per week.