Scottish Teacher Working Time Agreement

The WTA for 2020-21 is very different from previous years and is an attempt to allow schools to plan the exceptional circumstances surrounding the persistent response to the coronavirus crisis. When sending them to the headteachers, keK stressed that once the negotiations have been concluded, they will be signed, as agreed by the Rep and the Director. The agreement is now mandatory for all employees. It provides information on discussions on working conditions at the local level and must be supported by effective consultation mechanisms at the institutional level, which ensure the full participation of all civil servants in important decisions concerning their institution. Interviews are conducted by the principal of the school as the general director and by the person in charge of the school`s activities. Each educational institution will put in place effective mechanisms to support the collective time agreement process. These mechanisms are defined at the local level and reflect local realities. Negotiation mechanisms at the local and national levels will monitor the effectiveness of school mechanisms to ensure agreement on teachers` working time and to prioritize them. Teachers have a responsibility to work with colleagues and others to pursue the overall objectives of the service. Each educational institution establishes an annual program of action that requires the participation of teachers. In each school, teachers will agree on the range of collective activities that contribute to the general life of the school on a collegial basis. The use of the remaining time (i.e.

time beyond the combined teaching and preparation/correction allowance) is subject to agreement at the school level and will include a number of activities, for example. B: Teachers` schedules and tasks are negotiated at the national level and are part of the agreed terms of service for teachers. This code of conduct was developed to better describe the rights and responsibilities associated with the implementation of national conditions of service. A Working Time Agreement (WTA) is a collective agreement that is concluded at the school level between the union (s) and the principal. Individual teachers will apply their technical judgment on the prioritization of tasks. In exercising their technical judgment, teachers must take into account the objectives set at the school, local and national levels. In addition, the code of conduct aims to help teachers cope more effectively with their workload. Effective planning procedures should help manage workload. The individual and collective work of teachers should be able to be carried out within 35 hours. Each educational institution establishes a school plan in accordance with Scotland`s Schools etc. Act 2000. The plan will reflect the definition, local and national priorities.

The plans will take into account the necessary human and other resources. All teachers have the right to be fully involved in the development of the plan and to be consulted on their contribution to the plan and responsibility for achieving the school`s development priorities. When a plan needs to be reviewed to take into account individual or collective circumstances, public servants are involved, if necessary, in any review. It is felt that some periods of collegiality have already been devoted to planning, preparation and additional meetings, so it would be wise to develop the remaining time on a pro-rata basis. Unions advise a maximum of 5 hours per week; For most teachers, preparation and correction are the longest activity outside of the teaching contact time. This should be reflected in the way a teacher`s working time is used. As for the remaining time, teachers will be available during the 35 hours for meetings and other collective activities.