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The teaching time and working time

Xavier Bordoy
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What are my working time and teaching time

In Spain public schools, secondary teachers have a legal stablished working time per week (Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears 2015):

time distribution per week

In some cases, these 20 hours could be reduced when you are the department chief (you are the boss of all teachers teaching the same subject) (3 hours), tutorials, etc. In my case, this season I teach only 14 hours in classrooms (37% of my working time). I do not complain about the number of hours of teaching3 but I complain about the efficiency of non-teaching hours. In the majority of our non-teaching hours, we spend (read waste) time discussing about irrelevant things for students. It’s sporadic to mention how to improve teaching or what specific mesures we could adopt for engage students in our meetings. We spend time discussing things like:

Things which are, mostly, not really important. We spend almost 30% of our (permanence) time on improductive meetings or burocracy. And the most disappointing thing is that it is marked by law or by tradition. But I think we could (and should) spend (invest) this 30% of our time doing valuable things, things for students, things for improving our school, things for free us of filling forms, etc.

What are your situation? How much time do you spend to unproductive tasks?


Conselleria d’Educació i Cultura de les Illes Balears. 2015. “Intruccions Per a L’organització I El Funcionament Dels Centres Docents Públics d’educació Secundària Obligatòria Per Al Curs 2015-2016.”

  1. In my opinion, it’s an euphemism for “doing nothing” for bad teachers because these hours are not controled. Good professionals spend more than 10 hours per week at home for preparing classes.

  2. teaching staff meetings, inter subject department (Comissió de Coordinació Pedagògica in catalan), school board, etc.

  3. Politicians use it for abusing and deteriorate working conditions many times.