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NUT calls for 20-hour teaching week

3 April 2013

A call for just four hours teaching time a day is the latest development in the ongoing industrial action brought by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). A draft contract, which seeks to cap a teacher’s working week to 35 hours, has been drawn up by the union. The non-teaching time would be made up of 10 hours of lesson planning and assessment, and no more than five hours of “non-contact duties”. The NUT has suggested that at least five hours worth of planning duties should be undertaken “at a time and place of the teacher’s choosing”.

The proposed contract represents a major departure from the current agreement between schools and unions, which states teachers should find time for “any reasonable activity” that the head teacher directs, and must work “such reasonable additional hours as may be necessary to enable the effective discharge of their professional duties”. Although the Government are unlikely to adopt these proposals, this move is likely to further entrench the ongoing industrial action.

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