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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is 'directed time'?

What are the minimum/maximum temperatures in school?

How do I go about applying to cross the threshold?

How can I appeal against my salary assessment?

How do I progress on the Upper Pay Spine?

Who can I claim insurance from if I suffer theft, injury or if my vehicle suffers malicious damage while at school?

How can I claim back my tax?

What are the NUT's guidelines on school trips?

What are the TLR rates for this academic year?


 
What is ‘directed time'?
A teacher can be directed for a maximum of 1265 hours over a maximum of 195 days (of which a maximum of 190 can involve contact with pupils) per year. This includes: before school briefings, the pupil day (minus the lunch break, but including morning/afternoon breaks), staff meetings, parents’ evenings, school trips, TAD’s and any other organised activities. We recommend that each headteacher be asked to draw up a time budget to demonstrate that the maximum will not be reached. The time budget should include an allowance of time for contingencies that may arise.There is no such protection for headteachers, deputies and assistant headteachers (other than the EU Working Time Directive)

What are the maximum and minimum temperatures in school'?

The NUT has published guidelines on the legal requirements governing heating levels in schools and the steps to be taken in dealing with the various types of heating problems which are commonly encountered.
 
NUT Health and Safety: Heating Guidelines

How do I go about applying to cross the threshold?

A teacher may apply to ‘cross the threshold’ at any time once they have been placed on point M6 of the pay spine. Application forms can be found at www.teachernet.gov.uk. Teachers can apply in advance, when they first reach M6, or after completing a year on M6.The process is no longer external, the headteacher makes a recommendation to the governing body as to whether or not the teacher meets the standards. Successful applicants are paid on the Upper Pay Spine (at UPS1 for the next two years). If you believe you have been unfairly assessed the union will advise on an appeal.

How can I appeal against my salary assessment?

Teachers are entitled to receive a written statement of salary assessment annually on or after 1st September and with effect from 1st September. If you believe your salary assessment to be incorrect, you should take this up with the headteacher in the first instance, but if the matter is not resolved you should seek union advice, sending full documentation of the issue.

How do I progress on the Upper Pay Spine?
A teacher is entitled to a review by the headteacher after every two year period on the Upper Pay Spine. Such a review should consider whether the teacher has continued to make a ‘substantial and sustained’ contribution to the school. This is not a process of application, nor should there be any requirement to submit evidence. See the NUT national website www.teachers.org.uk for more details together with the Model Pay Policy section in the Personnel Handbook in the ‘Advice’ section of this website. If you believe you have been unfairly assessed the union will advise on an appeal.

Who can I claim insurance from if I suffer theft, injury or if my vehicle suffers malicious damage while at school?
 
 
How can I claim back my tax?
You are entitled to claim tax relief on your NUT subscription backdated for up to six years. To find out exactly how much you have paid in subscriptions, please contact our headquarters' Records and Subscriptions Department (020 7388 6191) and they will send you a print out. The address to send it to is:

HM Inspector of Taxes, London Provincial, 33 Fountain Court, 119 Grange Road, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS1 2BN

What are the NUT's guidelines for school trips?
 
 
 
What are the TLR rates for this academic year?