In May 2008, the secretary of state put forward proposals for an amendment to the School Teachers' Pay & Conditions Document to clarify the issue of pay for part-time employees.
As from September 2008, the calculation of pay for part-time staff will be codified in the document. From this date, part-time pay should be calculated according to the proportion of the week work, in relation to the school's timetabled teaching week (STTW), that is, the number of hours being required of the part-time member of staff (teaching + PPA) compared to the number of timetabled hours in each week.
The initial guidance from the DCSF is set out below:
Each school will calculate the proportion of time a part-time teacher works against the school’s timetabled teaching week (STTW). The STTW refers to the school session hours that are timetabled for teaching, including PPA time and other non-contact time but excluding;
The STTW of a full-time classroom teacher is to be used as the figure for calculating the percentage of the STTW for a part-time teacher at the school.
For example, if the school day, excluding registration and assembly, runs from 9.00am to 12.15pm and again from 1.15pm to 3.30pm with one 15 minute break in the morning session and one 15 minute break in the afternoon session, the school’s timetabled teaching week would be calculated as; morning session = 3 hours, afternoon session = 2 hours, whole day = 5 hours, STTW = 25 hours.
If a part-time classroom teacher in the example above (including excellent teachers and unqualified teachers) were employed at the school in question for mornings only, working 9.00am to 12.15pm every day, their percentage of the STTW would be calculated as 15 hours per week, 60% of full-time (15/25). Such a part-time teacher on M5 (proposed England and Wales full-time salary rate of £27,939, Sept 2008) working at 60% of full-time would be entitled to a part-time salary of £16,763 (60% of £27.939). The same percentage is used to calculate the ‘directed time’ hours, so 60% of the 1265 directed time hours of a full-time teacher amounts to 759 hours directed time for the part-time teacher. A straightforward deduction of the ‘directed time’ hours required for the STTW across the school year (585 hours,or 15 hours per week multiplied by 39 weeks) provides the remaining available ‘directed time’ for the part-time teacher in the school year (759-585=174 hours).
If a part-time leadership or AST teacher were employed at the school in question for mornings only, working 9.00am to 12.15pm every day, their percentage of the timetabled teaching week would be calculated as 15 hours per week, 60% of full-time (15/25). Such a part-time teacher on L11 (proposed England and Wales full-time salary rate of £45,888, Sept 2008) working at 60% of full –time would be entitled to a part-time salary of £27,533 (60% of £45,888). Leadership and AST teachers do not come under the provisions for ‘directed time’, but any additional non-standard hours they may be required to work should be broadly proportional to their duties.