Teachers at the Annual Conference of NASUWT Cymru-The Teachers’ Union, have raised concerns over the workload of part-time teachers, which in many cases is not reduced pro-rata in line with their decreased hours.
Part-time workers are protected under the Part-time Workers Regulations 2000, but the NASUWT believes these rules are being flouted, and part-time teachers exploited.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
"Improving flexible working opportunities in teaching is certainly important in supporting teachers at all stages of their careers to remain in the profession.
“Yet there are countless cases where teachers have been granted flexibility, and unfairness and exploitation flourishes.
“Many part-time teachers are being expected to undertake work related activities on days they are not supposed to be working, invariably without payment.
“Furthermore, their workload is not set at a level in-line with their reduced hours, which means they put under increasingly pressure with excessive expectations.
“Effective action to end the exploitation of part-time teachers must also go hand in hand with measures to drive down the excessive workload which is affecting all teachers."
Siôn Amlyn, from the Gwynedd Association, who proposed the motion, said:
“There is an increase in the number of teachers who work part-time for various reasons, including personal circumstances.
“The issue is, however, their workload does not decrease pro-rata.
“We have examples of teachers going part-time purely so they stay on top of their workload during their non-contracted hours, and this defeats the object of flexible working.
“Schools need to explicitly reduce the workload pro-rata, and that’s not always happening.”