Teacher Workload

Created on: 23 Jan 2018 | Last modified: 05 Jun 2018


1.1 In January 2005 the SNCT agreed to commission a workload survey. The purpose of this survey was to provide SNCT with evidence on teacher workload as set out in Annex C of the 2001 National Agreement, "A Teaching Profession for the 21st Century" (Appendix 1).

This is one of the criteria to be considered by the SNCT to determine whether teachers' contractual hours could be expressed within two time divisions, viz class contact time and time remaining.

1.2 The research contract was awarded to the University of Glasgow. A Steering Group of the SNCT assisted the project. The SNCT received a final report at its meeting on 27 September 2006. The full report and appendices were published by the SNCT on its website.

1.3 In addition, the SNCT is considering these issues through an ongoing action plan (Appendix 2).

1.4 The Salaries Committee initially considered the report at its meeting on 2 November 2006 and agreed to prepare a position paper on the issues arising from the report.

1.5 The Report raises a number of key issues for the EIS. Some of these concerns require to be addressed by the SNCT both at national level and within Local Negotiating Committees for Teachers while other concerns, outwith the remit of the SNCT, will be raised politically by the Institute.

1.6 It is also recognised that the Report raises a number of complex issues which require consideration by the EIS.

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