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Self-Directed Time

What is my entitlement if I am a Band 1 teacher?

If you are a Band 1 teacher, the Teaching Service (Tasmanian Public Sector) Award 2023 provides an entitlement to non-teaching time inside the hours of the school’s provision of educational instruction ie. Between the start of the school day for student learning and the end of the school day, excluding recess and lunch break times.

A minimum of fifty percent of your non-teaching time inside the hours of the school’s provision of education instruction must be timetabled as self-directed time (SDT).  SDT is for you to undertake work related activities at your own direction for the purpose of planning, preparation, assessment, and communication with families.

During your SDT you cannot be asked to complete reporting work or be directed to participate in collaborative meetings, professional learning communities, staff meetings, professional learning, or other similar activities.

For example, if you teach in a primary school and have non-teaching time while students go to specialist classes for 3 hours a week*, 1 hour and 30 minutes of this time must be available to you as self-directed time. 

Similarly, if you teach in a high school and have 4 hours and 30 minutes* of time off class during educational instruction time, 2 hours and 15 minutes of this time must be available to you as self-directed time.

If you are a Band 1 teacher, you are also entitled to a further two hours per fortnight (or pro rata) of SDT at the end of the school day.

Are ASTs and Assistant Principals entitled to Self-Directed Time?

ASTs and Assistant Principals do not currently have an entitlement to self-directed time.

*As the length of the school day varies across schools, the amount of non-teaching time a teacher receives will vary so they don’t exceed their maximum instructional time.

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