Requiring teachers to work when the school is closed

A board may require teachers to work at times when the school is closed to students, for professional development or duties such as administration, preparation, planning, and parent, whānau and community liaison.

In deciding what extra days a teacher needs to work and what tasks they are required to do, you need to take into account that teachers may have already undertaken professional development or carried out various tasks in their own time.

The collective agreements set out the maximum days that you can require a teacher to work when the school is closed to students, as well as requirements for reimbursement of expenses.

Primary teachers

Clause 2.10.3 of the Primary Teachers' Collective Agreement sets a maximum of 10 days in a school year when you can require a teacher to work when the school is closed. This is for professional development and other duties.

Secondary teachers

Clause 5.4 allows you to require teachers to:

  • participate in professional development for a maximum of 5 days in the school year
  • attend school for other duties when school is closed to students for up to a maximum of 5 days per school year.

Teachers at Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu who are covered by the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement can be required to work when the school is closed to students for up to a maximum of 5 days in any 12-month period. This is covered in clause 11.2.3 of the agreement.

Area school teachers

Clause 4.7 of the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement allows you to require teachers to:

  • participate in professional development for a maximum of 5 days in the school year
  • attend school for other duties when school is closed to students for up to a maximum of 5 days per school year.

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