Myth : Non-contact time no longer exists.
Fact : Non-contact time is an award provision and consequently is a working condition that cannot be removed by a decision of DETE.
Non-contact time and preparation and correction time are for personal preparation and correction – teachers have professional discretion on how this time is used. That is, a teacher should not be allocated specific tasks during non-contact time such as attending meetings. Conversely, non-contact time should not be considered as “free time” for the purpose of pursuing personal activities.
In primary and special schools, a full-time teacher will be provided a minimum of 2 hours (120 minutes) of non-contact time per week. This must be provided in minimum half-hour (30 minute) blocks.
In secondary schools, a full-time teacher will be provided a minimum of 3 hours and 30 minutes (210 minutes) of preparation and correction time per week. This must be provided in units no less than the length of a regular school lesson.
[Information updated 17 April 2014]
QTU stands in solidarity
The Queensland Teachers’ Union wishes to express its shock at the killing of 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and stands in solidarity with the many brave teachers who risked their own lives to protect the students in their care.
These horrific events reveal the deep commitment and bravery of members of our profession under the most extreme of circumstances, and we are proud to stand with them at this terrible time.QTU, 16 Feb 2018
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