None Contact Time
Posted 18 May 2003 - 09:18 PM
I only ask because from Sept. in my school for various reasons not worth mentioning here, my timetable will allow me ONE HOUR of none contact time. I bet no one can beat that!
I think thinking is SO important, my Lord.
Posted 18 May 2003 - 09:29 PM
your situation sounds extremely outrageous and simply not a practical think to ask you to do.
Posted 18 May 2003 - 09:33 PM
However at present I sit at 21 out of 25 hours teaching time due to mentoring and taking on some Geography due to staff shortages. I volunteered to take this extra stuff on, and the quid pro quo is that I get very little cover.
I think that is fine, as long as the balance is there.
Posted 18 May 2003 - 10:11 PM
Well. I am tempted to tell you about the 90 hour working week some of our guys do, but I won't
Assuming a school week runs to 25 hrs ( I know Carole is going to say something about this), I would guess most History teachers with no extra responsibility would teach 21 hrs? HOD about 19?
If you are talking contact time in the classroom then I guess what you say is about right. One hour non-contact time is absolutely ridiculous,
Posted 18 May 2003 - 10:12 PM
I inevitably lose at least 70 minutes of this time on sits a week.
The youngest teachers in my school get collared for more sits per year than the more senior teachers as we are less likely to complain about the situation.
When we move schools in September the new timetable will give me 4 hours non-contact time a week as we move from a 4 lesson a day timetable for a 6 lesson a day timetable!
Posted 18 May 2003 - 10:17 PM
time (sorry union - I have never worked anywhere so unaware of the need for unions)what it is to work in small rural settings under the new funding environment. Line manager was a bit worried about me being a bit light on timetable this year so I got Citizenship, mentoring and a collaborative project with local institution as well.
They seemed rather surprised when I resigned the other week!
Pressure,don't know the meaning of the word (something to do with Boyle's law)
Posted 18 May 2003 - 10:41 PM
In a previous school, again as a HOD, I lost 4 frees out of 6 per week on a regular basis (i.e. 5 out of 6 weeks and was then criticised for not getting all the department development done). One free is nowhere near enough for you and will have a detrimental effect on your work
Posted 18 May 2003 - 11:59 PM
Educate, Agitate, Organise!
Somewhat ironic to be making this comment about teachers!
However, to go back to the point ... 1 hour! See your union. See your heidie! Say that you think your health will suffer under such a regime. Ask for a response in writing. Repeat ... in writing. Threaten to take out a grievance procedure. But under no circumstances accept this kind of ****.
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Posted 19 May 2003 - 12:06 AM
Anyway, thanks for the info. At least it gives ammunition to my complaints and moanings.
I think thinking is SO important, my Lord.
Posted 19 May 2003 - 07:04 AM
Our system is fairly simple. In a 25 lesson week we get: 3 NT's for classroom teacher and in addition to that: 2 for head of foundation subject, 3 for head of core subject, 3 for head of year. NQT's get at least one extra and they will only be hit for cover if all other teachers have been used.
Unfortunately these aren't always accumulative, basic maths suggests that my minimum NT should be 8 as a head of year and subject - I get 6.
Posted 19 May 2003 - 07:15 AM
i think we sometimes forget about the times of the year when the timetable works in our favour.
Posted 19 May 2003 - 08:16 AM
Is this the same Dom_G who is applying for a job in Mexico? I am the union rep. in an international school where the management have all come from south American schools. If their expectations are common practice in south America look out.
If we had any Unions here they wouldn't be allowed to get away with it.
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Posted 19 May 2003 - 03:10 PM
Posted 19 May 2003 - 04:38 PM
Due to a stupid timetable and stupid timetable managment I ended up with 12 frees in a 27 period week!! Beat that
Posted 19 May 2003 - 05:03 PM
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