Bulletin for the Network of Establishing Teachers week five, term two 2012. The bulletin is published as an information update for teachers who are members of the the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) and are in their first 10 years of teaching.
Timetabling and PRTs- What you need to know!
Maximum teaching hours
Non-contact time for all teachers has been improved significantly since 2002. This is especially the case for new teachers in their first two years’ work as a secondary teacher (PRT1s and PRT2s).
Sections 5.2.2 and 5.2.3(a) of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA) state that no teacher shall be timetabled to teach more than 20 hours per week.
Clause 3.8 of the STCA gives a further five hours non-contact time for first year teachers (0.2 FTTE) and 2.5 hours (0.1 FTTE) for second year teachers in full-time positions.
STCA clause 3.8
These time allowances for beginning teachers are centrally funded by the Ministry of Education and are not a direct cost to the school.
Non-contact time for secondary teachers in area schools can be found in sub-section 4.2 of the Area School Teachers’ Collective Agreement (ASTCA).
This means no full-time first-year teacher should be teaching more than 15 hours per week (an average of three hours per day). Second year full-time teachers should be teaching no more than 17.5 hours per week (an average of 3.5 hours per day).
Part-time first-year teachers
Part-time first-year teachers who are employed for 12.5 (an average of 2.5 hours per day) or more hours per week are entitled to an additional 2.5 hours paid non-contact time (an average of half an hour per day). This should be either part of their 12.5 hours or an extra paid 2.5 hours non-teaching time.Non-standard school timetables
Working out your maximum teaching time
Schools often use complicated time-tabling systems such as a six-day, 30-hour time table.
When applying STCA provisions, you need to use the average daily time to work out the maximum teaching time over the cycle.
Thus, in a six-day timetable:
• A first-year teacher should be teaching no more than 18 hours (6 x 3.0 hours).
• A second-year teacher would be teaching no more than 21 hours (6 x 3.5).
• A first-year part-time teacher employed for 15 hours (6 x 2.5) or more should be getting three hours non-contact (6 x 0.5) either as part of their 15 hours or in addition to them.
Duty and form time
Duty, form time, and meetings are not considered contact time unless actual teaching of students takes place.
Part three of the STCA details other time allowances that may be of interest to beginning teachers. For example, the one hour per week heads of department have for each first- and second-year teacher in their department.
Overseas teachers new to New Zealand schools receive an allowance of 0.1 FTTE (2.5 hours) per week for the school to use in consultation with them for a maximum of two terms.
Permanent management units (PMUs) attract an allowance of one hour per unit up to a maximum of three hours per week.
Queries about the information in this bulletin should be addressed to:
Michael Stevenson, Advisory Officer
Establishing Teachers’ Committee Convenor