The 10% is a minimum and for a full-time teacher should be at least 126.5hrs.
The training delivered by the EA to principals stressed that the principal should meet with each teacher to discuss their time budget and endeavour to negotiate an agreed time budget.
The EA outlined that this may take more than one meeting for some teachers and this should be accommodated.
It is important to reiterate that the purpose of a Directed Time Budget is to ensure a health and wellbeing focus where all tasks, contingency time, duties, and responsibilities are included.
The Pay & Workload Agreement, April 2020, guarantees that 10% of a teacher’s Directed Time (i.e. 126½ hours per annum) is set aside for Planning, Preparation and Assessment.
This dedicated PPA time is designed to enable a teacher to raise standards through individual and collaborative professional activity.
Jordanstown – The Teachers' (Terms and Conditions of Employment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1987, in regard to working time, states that a teacher shall be available to perform such duties at such times and such places as may reasonably be specified by the Principal.
School managements should ensure that a teacher’s PPA time is not eroded by demands and should be kept available for teachers to individually prepare, work, plan, mark and meet collaboratively with their colleagues.
PPA is non-class contact time. It is dedicated time to enable a teacher to individually prepare, work, plan, mark and meet collaboratively with their colleagues.
By its very nature then, this cannot take place during a teacher’s class contact time, i.e. 23.5 hrs per week they will be teaching pupils.
This PPA time is “protected”. In other words, you cannot be called to undertake cover or any other duties for this time. It is your time.
The aim is not that you will never have to undertake preparation, marking and assessment at home – but that your PPA time in school should take a definite ‘edge’ of the work you will do in the evening.
However, school leaders are not expected to provide all the 10% PPA within the school day when pupils are in school. As it is part of the 1,265 hours, some of it can be completed after school.