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 employer or headteacher for 1,265 hours across the school year on days they're required to be available for work.
This time is known as 'directed time'.
The 1,252 hours limit (for 2022/23) 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 directed time. A representative from the DfE confirmed this is a sensible approach