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THE PROFESSIONAL AND INDUSTRIAL VOICE OF QUEENSLAND’S TEACHERS AND SCHOOL LEADERS IN STATE SCHOOLS AND TAFE FOR MORE THAN 130 YEARS.

Know your working conditions

Timetabling

When assembling their timetables, schools must be careful to respect the working conditions of their teachers, as laid out in the award and agreement.

A full-time teacher can only be expected to be on duty for a maximum of 25 hours a week (30 hours a week for a full-time instrumental music teacher/instructor). The standard hours of instruction are between 8.30am and 3.30pm - any changes must occur in accordance with the provisions of clause 15.8 of the Teaching in State Education Award – State 2016.

In primary and special schools, a full-time teacher should be in front of a class for no more than 22 hours and 10 minutes, while secondary teachers should perform a maximum of 20 hours and 40 minutes of face-to-face teaching and associated professional duties (i.e. assembly, form class, pastoral care, sport).

Primary and special school teachers are entitled to a minimum of two hours of non-contact time per week for planning, preparation and correction, provided in usable blocks of time of no less than 30 minutes. Secondary teachers are entitled to three and a half hours, which must be in units no less than the length of a regular school lesson.

Teachers’ break entitlements must also be respected. They are entitled to a 45-minute uninterrupted meal break each day (although the duration of this can be modified through the LCC), which should fall between 11am and 2pm. Teachers should also receive a 10-minute rest pause at a separate time to the meal break.

For more detail, check out the QTU Timetabling Guide at https://www.qtu.asn.au/qtuguide-timetabling

 

Uploaded 24 February 2020

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