Configuration of the School Day and Week

Purpose

Changes to the school curriculum and to methods of delivering the curriculum may at times lead to a requirement for schools to re-assess the pattern of the school day. Such decisions should be taken at school level, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders and Education management.

This procedure sets out the steps that should be taken when a school wishes to alter the configuration of the school day.

In all cases, the electorate entitled to vote in a ballot to reconfigure the school day or week will comprise all those employees contracted to Aberdeen City Council who are deployed within the school, whether part time or full time.  Agency and/or relief workers, who are not employees of the Council under a contract of employment, will not be entitled to a vote in any such ballot.

Secondary schools operate in consortia groups, particularly around the delivery of the senior phase of education.  The flowchart below details the process to be applied where the proposed changes will apply to all schools within the consortium.

Working Year and Working Week

Details of the working year for teachers are set out in Part 2 Section 3 of the SNCT Handbook of Conditions of Service.

The working week for teachers is 35 hours per week, with a maximum class contact commitment of 22.5 hours per week. An allowance of no less than one third of a teacher’s actual class contact commitment is provided for preparation and marking, with agreement on the use of the remaining time being agreed annually at school level. The working week will apply on a pro rata basis to teachers on a part time contract.

Configuration of the School Day (where proposed changes do not affect the start/finish time of the school day)

Any school wishing to alter the internal configuration of the school day must:

  • establish a sound educational rationale for the proposed changes, formally recorded in writing
  • have a two-thirds majority of those staff who vote in favour of the proposed changes, with staff views formally recorded in writing. Thereafter the Head Teacher should forward a formal statement for information to the Quality Improvement Officer explaining:
    • the educational grounds for change
    • the new arrangements
Configuration of the School Week (where proposed change affect the start/finish time of the school day)

Change in the configuration of the school week should only be effected following the procedures below:

  • after initial staff consultation, which may include proposals from either Senior Management or staff, the Head Teacher will produce a written proposal regarding the alterations to the school week
  • the proposal will be fully discussed at meetings of teaching and support staff employed at the school and an acceptable record of the discussion will be made
  • all parents will be adequately informed of the proposal and will be given the opportunity to lodge their comment
  • if the school initiating the proposal is a Secondary, the Head Teacher will open discussions with the associated Primaries and, where appropriate, with neighbourhood Secondaries, and will obtain their written observations re the proposed change.
  • if the school initiating the proposal is a Primary, the Head Teacher will open discussions with the local Secondary and with other local Primaries and will obtain their written observations re the proposed change.

Thereafter, if the Head Teacher is satisfied that:

  • a two thirds majority of those staff who vote are in favour of the proposal
  • there is no significant opposition from parents
  • in the case of a Secondary school, the associated Primaries are in broad agreement with the proposal
  • in the case of a Primary school, the local Secondary is in broad agreement with the proposal

The proposal can be submitted to the Quality Improvement Officer for his/her approval. Such approval can only be given after the Quality Improvement Officer has

  • advised the Local Elected Member(s) of the proposal
  • consulted with the Public Transport Unit and Catering Services to ensure that the proposed change(s) will incur no additional costs.

Duration of the School Lunch Break

Change in the duration of the school lunch break should be implemented only by following the procedures below:

  • after initial staff consultation, which may include proposals from either Senior Management or staff, the Head Teacher will produce a written proposal regarding the alterations to the duration of the school lunch break
  • the proposal will be fully discussed at meetings of teaching and support staff employed at the school and an acceptable record of the discussion will be made
  • all parents will be adequately informed of the proposal and will be given the opportunity to lodge their comment

Thereafter, if the Head Teacher is satisfied that:

  • a two thirds majority of those staff who vote are in favour of the proposal
  • there is no significant opposition from parents

The proposal can be submitted to the Quality Improvement Officer for his/her approval. Such approval can only be given after the Quality Improvement Officer has:

  • advised the Local Elected Member(s) of the proposal
  • consulted with the Public Transport Unit and Catering Services to ensure that the proposed change(s) will incur no additional costs.

In accordance with Part 2, paragraph 3.9 of the SNCT Handbook of Conditions of Service, all teachers should have a personal break of not less than 40 minutes.

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