South West NASUWT

Meetings & Duties

Meetings and Duties

Whether you are full-time or part-time, there are certain contractual requirements for you as a teacher. If full-time, you are required to be available for work on 195 days in any school year, and 190 of those are for teaching. The remaining five days are for other duties – usually the INSET days on a school’s calendar. The total directed time is 1,265 hours.
Many schools operate a rota for weekly meetings, which might include whole staff consultation, departmental or faculty meetings and tutor teams.
In addition, school calendars will most likely include Parents’ Consultation Evenings, INSET and/or other CPD or training activities.

Staff and union representatives should be consulted on the school calendar before it is published and there should be no changes made following this except in exceptional circumstances and then only in consultation with the teacher.

‘Buffer time’ at the start and end of the school day should be included if it is directed: if staff are expected to be on site by 8:15am when the bell for registration is at 8:30am, for example.

Lunch-break – a teacher who is required to be available for work for more than one school session on any school day must be allowed one break of reasonable length either between school sessions or between the hours of 12 noon and 2.00pm.

No teacher may be required under their contract of employment as a teacher to undertake midday supervision STPCD 52.2; also see Action Short of Strike Action instructions)

You cannot be directed to attend meetings during your lunch-break, nor should you volunteer to do so.

PPA – all teachers who participate in the teaching of pupils are entitled to reasonable periods of Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time as part of the 1265 hours or pro rata equivalent (as the case may be). PPA time must be provided in units of not less than half an hour during the school’s timetabled teaching week and must amount to not less than 10% of the teacher’s timetabled teaching time. You must not be required to carry out any other duties during your PPA time. (STPCD, 52.5 P49). You should not be asked to attend meetings during your PPA time either. (Refer to Instruction 14, 15 and 16, Action Short of Strike Action Phase 4)

Meetings – a calendar of meetings for the academic year should be published in advance (of the start of the academic year). The days of the week should be identified so that teachers can plan their personal activities.
Unless on the leadership spine, you should only attend one meeting per week outside of pupil session times. They should normally be no more than one hour in length and should have published agendas, be effectively chaired and have clear outcomes.
(Refer to Instruction 10, Action Short of Strike Action Phase 4)

Parents’ Consultation – the NASUWT recommends that you should only attend one parental consultation per year for each year group. These meetings should count as directed time and should be identified in the calendar at the start of the year. There should be no other meeting in a week where there is a Parents’ Consultation meeting on the calendar. Part-time teachers – see below).

Open evenings – there is no requirement for you to attend open evenings. However, if you agree to attend, it should count against directed time and the weekly total of meetings.

Part-time teachers – if you are part-time, you should not be expected to attend meetings held on a day you are not normally in school. Attendance at INSET should be pro-rata and there might be specific sessions that might be more relevant or essential.
Parental Consultation Meetings – if these are scheduled on a day you do not work, if expected to attend, you should be paid for doing so.

Supply teachers – the main factor for supply teachers in determining their duties is whether or not they are employed in accordance with the provisions of the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD). The key duties of a teacher in the STPCD relate to teaching and are to teach, plan lessons and assess pupils’ work. Please see the following page for further advice and guidance:
NASUWT Supply advice


For further information on any of the above, refer to the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD)
If in an academy, independent or free school, refer to the Burgundy Book, or click on the link below:
Burgundy Book

ASoSA – use the Action Short of Strike Action booklet as a guide or click on the link:
ASOSA Phase 5