Introduction

1.1 The 2010 Annual General Meeting approved the following resolution: 

"This AGM instructs Council to consider ways in which: 

(i) concerns over excessive workload can be publicised and: 

(ii) best practice in terms of managing workload can be disseminated."

1.2 The 2001 Agreement, A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century, established a 35 hour working week for teachers. The aspiration was that the working time of teachers could become expressed as class contact time and the time remaining. The transitional arrangements were designed to be expressed as class contact time, personal time (set at 1/3 of class contact time) and the time remaining to be used for collegiate activities in accordance with a school's Working Time Agreement. 

1.3 In 2007 the SNCT agreed that the transitional arrangements would become permanent and that the Working Hours: Working Week of teachers would continue to be expressed in relation to maximum class contact (22.5 hours) minimum personal allowance (7.5 hours) and the time remaining to be agreed in accordance with the Code of Practice on Working Time Arrangements.

1.4 The SNCT has considered the issue of workload. External Research was commissioned by the University of Glasgow (Menter et al). The Research concluded that teachers were working beyond contractual hours by an average of 10 hours weekly and more for promoted staff.

1.5 The SNCT has, through the Review of LNCTs Working Group, issued guidance to LNCT on the management of workload through local monitoring to ensure effective working time agreements. This culminated in the Report on Teacher Workload (JS/09/11).

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