1.1 The 2009 Annual General Meeting approved the following resolution:

"This AGM calls upon Council to provide advice to Local Associations on working time agreements which will be affected by the introduction of a Curriculum for Excellence.”

1.2 The 2009 AGM also approved the following resolution:

"This AGM instructs Council to issue advice to all schools that all development and work associated with Curriculum for Excellence and curricular reform is managed within the consultative framework of school and departmental improvement planning.  Furthermore, this AGM instructs Council to highlight the need for all development work to be managed with regard to adequate allocation of time and resources consistent with ‘A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century’ agreement.”

SNCT Handbook Provisions

2.1 The conditions of service provisions set out in ‘A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century’ are now incorporated into the SNCT Handbook.

2.2 The hours of work of teachers are set out in Part Two, Section 3 of the Handbook.

2.3 Teachers have a 35 hour working week with a maximum of 22.5 hours committed to class contact time.  In addition, an allowance of no less than 1/3 of the teacher’s actual class contact time is provided for preparation and correction.  This time, 7.5 hours per week, is personal to the teacher and is not available for collective work.

2.4 The use of remaining time, 5 hours per week, is used for collegiate activities as set out in Appendix 2.7 of the SNCT Handbook.  This is appended to this paper (Appendix A).

2.5 In addition to the working time arrangements set out above, all teachers have a contractual requirement to undertake a maximum of 35 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) per annum.

Working Time Agreements

3.1 The Code of Practice on Working Time Arrangements, set out in Appendix 2.7 of the Handbook (Appendix A), requires agreement to be reached within each educational establishment through the school’s consultative machinery.

3.2 Each Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (LNCT) will support the consultative machinery within establishments by publishing guidance to assist the process. In addition, the SNCT has advised all LNCTs to support establishments by monitoring working time agreements.

3.3 Working Time Agreements require account to be taken of school improvement plans and Appendix 2.7 stresses the right of teachers to be fully involved in the development of the plan.  This includes staffing and other resources.

3.4 The SNCT has issued advice to LNCTs  on the management of workload and further advice will be sent out to LNCTs in the near future, including reference to CfE, in relation to LNCT advice to schools on Working Time Agreements.

Development Planning

4.1 Institute Policy on School Improvement Planning has recently been updated and is appended (Appendix B).

4.2 This paper establishes guiding principles which underpin improvement planning.  The paper emphasises that workload management must form an integral part of discussions as part of the planning process to ensure that the individual and collective work of teachers is capable of being undertaken within the time available.


5.1 This paper should be issued to Local Association Secretaries and school representatives.