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Configuration of the School Day in Public Schools


4 Procedures

4.1 Determining the configuration of the school day

Principals must:

  • consult with the school council, other schools in the local area and wider school community on the configuration of the school day; and
  • confirm that the configuration of the school day:
    • is in the best interests of students and considers such matters as the geographical and cultural nature of the school community; and
    • takes account of duty of care responsibilities; and
    • conforms to the minimum hours of instruction for the day and week, which are as follows:
      • Kindergarten program (s. 24) - subject to Regulation 27, a child enrolled at a public school in a kindergarten program is to be provided at least 11 hours instruction during each week in which the school is open for instruction.
      • Pre-primary program (s. 25) - subject to Regulation 27, a child enrolled at a public school in a pre-primary program is to be provided:
        • at least 25 hours and 50 minutes instruction during each week in which the school is open for instruction; and
        • at least 4 hours and 10 minutes instruction during each day in which the school is open for instruction.
      • Primary program (s. 26) - subject to Regulation 27, a child enrolled at a public school in a primary program is to be provided:
        • at least 25 hours and 50 minutes instruction during each week in which the school is open for instruction; and
        • at least 4 hours and 10 minutes instruction during each day in which the school is open for instruction.
      • Lower Secondary program - subject to Regulation 27, a child enrolled at a public school in a secondary program is to be provided:
        • at least 25 hours and 50 minutes instruction during each week in which the school is open for instruction; and
        • at least 4 hours and 10 minutes instruction during each day in which the school is open for instruction.
      • Senior Secondary program (Years 11-12) - the hours of instruction for senior school students in Years 11 and 12 are flexible and the principal should determine the appropriate hours with reference to the specific child's education program and the Objects of the School Education Act 1999. 

Guidelines

The hours of instruction for Kindergarten will change to 15 hours in some districts in 2010 and will change to 15 hours for all districts by 2013 as part of the Australian Government's universal access program.

Teachers must undertake, outside of official student instruction hours, duties such as:

  • staff meetings and other school meetings;
  • parent interviews and parent report meetings; and
  • supervision of students. 

Guidelines

Matters for consultation may include:

  • start and finish times;
  • the start, finish and duration of recess and lunch breaks for students; and
  • the programming of staff meetings if they involve a change in the schedule for students.

Form class in secondary schools can be an additional time on top of the required 25 hours and 50 minutes if the school wishes to have a form time.


Configuration of the School Day in Public Schools
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