Last reviewed on 21 October 2021
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Understand the rules around directed time and download our directed time calculator to help you organise and allocate the 1,258.5 hours for your staff during the 2021/22 academic year. Also see examples of directed time budgets from schools.

What's directed time and what are the rules?

Full-time teachers employed under the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD) must normally be available to perform any activities or tasks specified by their headteacher for 1,265 hours across the school year on days they're required to be available for work. For the academic year 2021/22, this has been changed to 1,258.5 hours.

This time is known as 'directed time'.

The 1,258.5 hours limit (for 2021/22) is pro-rated for part-time teachers.

Unsure if the STPCD applies to you or your staff? See the final section of this article.

What's typically included in directed time? 

Any compulsory activity counts as directed time, so in addition to teaching hours: 

You don't have to include optional or voluntary tasks in