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Time for a limit campaign & a Better Deal on Behaviour campaign


Useful links:

Directed Time (pgs 48 & 49)

Directed Time Calculator

Tackling excessive teacher workload

Performance related pay

Pay policy checklists

Protect the right to strike campaign

Action Short of Strike Action FAQs

Action Short of Strike Action (ASOSA) in a nutshell!

  • Ask for a copy of your school/Academy/College Directed Time Calendar.

  • Attend one meeting per week which should only last one hour, unless contract says otherwise).

  • Only carry out extra-curricular activities if doing so would not push your working hours over 1265.

  • Refuse to undertake midday supervision of pupils (unless that is required by and remunerated under a separate, non-teaching contract).

  • Refuse to undertake any work-related tasks or activities during your lunch break.

  • Refuse to undertake work-related tasks on weekends or Bank Holidays including planning, marking, sending/responding to work-related emails if this would deprive you, the teacher, of a satisfactory work/life balance.

  • Refuse to undertake any other duties during PPA time.

  • Don’t cover for absent colleagues.

  • Don’t carry out routine admin tasks as they are not part of your role.

What counts as directed time?

  • The hours that you are in front of pupils teaching.

  • Break times.

  • Meetings after school.

  • Parent evenings.

  • Year 6 open evenings (these are voluntary, but if you attend it counts towards your directed time).

  • Buffer time (usually 10 minutes before the start of the school day and 10 minutes after the end of the school day).

  • Trapped time (If there is any gap between the end of the school day and the start of a meeting where there has not been sufficient time for a teacher to go home and return, then this is referred to as ‘trapped time’).

N.B. Part-time teachers are entitled to have their working hours calculated on a pro rata basis.

Click here find out more about Action Short of Strike Action.

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Key findings

Some of the key findings include, in the last 12 months:

  • 37% of respondents have experienced physical abuse or violence from pupils in the last 12 months;

  • 90% report verbal abuse or violence from pupils;

  • 89% feel the number of pupils exhibiting violent and abusive behaviours has increased;

  • 93% say the number of pupils verbally abusing staff members has increased.

Nearly half of teachers (45%) strongly agree or agree that they are made to feel to blame if they have an issue with poor pupil behaviour.

Forty-five per cent also said that the culture in their school/college treats poor pupil behaviour as part of the job and they should expect to receive abuse/violence from pupils.

A similar amount - 44% - do not feel supported by their school or college’s approach to dealing with poor pupil behaviour.

We will represent the interests of teachers and school leaders robustly where school practices fall short of the standards of behaviour that teachers can reasonably expect.

If you have a concern about the way in which behaviour is being managed in your school, you should seek advice and support from the NASUWT immediately.

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