Public or Private School?
Pupil Free Days always used to be used for this sort of thing.
Does it matter?
I figured it's called "Pupil Free Days" for the students and parents sake, but the teachers/staff realise it's for their own planning/development etc.
This is and also because some contract teachers might not even know what school they have been assigned to until the first day of term or even the first week.
that's bad planning.
Okay, you don't have to rant. I'm trying to understand this. The average punter has no idea about the working arrangements for teachers. I'm not trying to be deliberately inflammatory, I'm trying to understand why it is so.
Other jobs/professions have 4 weeks of annual leave (usually) to have some time off and spend time with their family. Given that there is around 10 weeks of school holidays when students do not attend, I presume that for most teacher, the 10 weeks of student non-attendance includes standard 4 weeks annual leave, leaving 6 weeks of school holidays where teachers/staff do not go into the "office", so to speak. I was just wondering why staff development and training can't be done during this student non-attendence time.
And teachers are not the only profession to do longer hours than required contact/office hours. My sympathy on that score is not high. Yes, it's intense during school term, but for many teachers they get a good break every three months or so.
But aren't all employees people too and need time off? The question is raised because despite at least 10 weeks of school holidays, teachers still need to take school development days on teaching days. Most employees only have 4 weeks off and also love to spend time with children, with friends etc etc
This is what I was trying to ask. Thank you.
This year school went back Feb 4th and teachers were required to be at PD on Jan 30th to Feb 1st. On the odd occasion where there aren't enough days at the beginning of the year then they will do another one in the April stand down.
Genuinely curious, why wouldn't there be enough days in January?
I find it hard to believe that this is a serious question. I used to work in retail where we had product training sessions but you werent expected to attend if you were on holidays. I have also worked in tourism where we had training sessions but again those on leave were not expected to attend. Not sure why teachers would be different?
I'm not expected to attend training on my holidays. Mind you, I don't have 6 weeks a year when I have no client/office contact.
I'm confused - do permanent teachers get paid for 40 weeks of work, spread over 52 weeks? Or do permanent teachers get paid for 48 weeks, spread over 52 weeks? (second option is what happens with most people - 48 weeks of work + 4 weeks of annual leave = 52 weeks).
I have been a contract teacher/lecturer (university), so I completely get that as a contract employee, you are only paid for the term of teaching, not for time outside of the teaching term. Higher rate of pay but the pay has to last for the periods of time when you are not teaching (which is painful over Xmas). Mind you, even as a contract employee, if I was expected to undertake training, I was paid for this, and it occurred outside of my face-to-face teaching timetable. They didn't expect me to not teach for a few days during semester when students were waiting, training usually occurred on a non-teaching day or during the evenings.
Sorry, my question was not meant to inflame. But I don't really know what the work/pay arrangements are for teachers, hence my curiosity about why this happens.
Edited by YodaTheWrinkledOne, 13 February 2013 - 01:04 PM.