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2/9/2010

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The reduced timteable and exactly how it works can vary from school to school, but for the purposes of providing a simple explanation, lets look at a secondary NQT in a state school. To work out the reduction that should be applied you need to know a few things. 1. What timetable structure does the school have (i.e. a one week or two week timetable)? 2. What would a standard teacher be expected to teach across the timetable if they have no responsibilities or additional roles that woulod provide them with a reduced timetable. With this inofrmation (as a minimum) you can begin to work out what the reducations should be. Let's assume that it is a one week timetable of 25 lessons each one hour in length (i.e. 25 hours per week for the pupils). From this there would be a reduction of 10% which is PPA time, that would be a reduction of 2.5 hours. In addition let's assume that each teacher would also get 1.5 hours non-contact time (this does happen in some schools but a lot of schools only give the PPA time). This hypothetical teacher then normally works 21/25 hours per week. The NQT reduction is then applied to the 21 hours, given a further 2.1 hours per week. The protected time that you would have would be 4.5 hours in total not the full 6 hours, as some of the inital time was non-contact not protected PPA time. You should get your protected time in useful blocks not parts of hours or the odd bit of time here and there. Schools do not have to give NQT time on a weekly, regular basis - but they must identify clearly what is NQT time and, if not weekly, when it would be provided. Then it may be in the form of a period of time free to concentrate on induction matters e.g an afternoon or a morning or a day or two every so often. Schools are permitted to vary how the time is provided. If the school operates a two week timetable then it may well be that in one week there is little protected NQT time and it is clumped into the second week of the rotation - again this is acceptable. I hope this helps. James
Answered by: James_Williams
Sorry, I meant to add that the NQT time would not be viewed as NQT time if you are 'sharing' a tutor group as this is you being given a responsibility (even if it is shared) your protected time should be just that, protected and you should not be expectede to be doing other things. James
Answered by: James_Williams