Gained time

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Rights and conditions
02 November 2016
Gained time is when teachers are released from timetabled teaching as a result of pupils being on study leave, examination leave or when pupils meet their year group tutor.

There are activities directly relevant to teaching and learning for which it would be appropriate to use gained time and which would be reasonable for a head teacher to direct teachers to undertake. They are:

  • developing or revising department/subject curriculum materials, schemes of work, lesson plans and policies in preparation for the new academic year - including identifying appropriate materials for use by supply staff and/or cover supervisors
  • assisting colleagues in appropriate planned team teaching activities
  • taking groups of pupils to provide additional learning support
  • supporting selected pupils with coursework
  • undertaking planned activities with pupils transferring between year groups or from primary school
  • CPD during school session, where a school has a policy allowing this.

If teachers are directed to cover during gained time, it must count towards the 38-hour limit - see the cover section of this website.