The Teacher’s Task

The Education Committee and the representatives of the Teacher’s Unions have agreed the following statement of the Teacher’s Task in order to define more clearly the nature of teacher’s employment.  It is their view that in this important work of educating Jersey’s children it is imperative that both teachers and employers recognise the duty they owe to those children and the community.  To this end the teachers are expected to maintain a professional commitment to their task and the employers are pledged to a responsible and humane interpretation of this agreement.

It is recognised that the teacher’s job cannot be contained within a rigid structure of hours and that the definition of duties involved must be sufficiently flexible to meet the needs of schools and their pupils and to enable teachers to exercise their professional skills.  It is acknowledged that teaching is no less a full-time job than other employment and requires a working year of not less than 1680 hours.

It is further recognised that this statement of the Teacher’s Task will require continuing development as a result of experience and it is the intention of the Education Committee and the Teacher’s Representatives to develop, over a period of time, a Code of Practice for Jersey schools in those areas where closer definition is found to be necessary.

Colleagues should comply with the framework of professional standards for teachers which came into effect in September 2007. The full standards framework be found on the TDA website

1. Teach effectively and ensure the discipline and safety of assigned timetabled classes and groups, meet the varied and special education needs of pupils.

2. Plan, prepare, evaluate and modify as necessary personal teaching methods, work programmes and teaching materials in accordance with the Education Committee curricular policies and school schemes and standards.

3. Mark and maintain records of pupils’ work in accordance with school and Education Committee policies and schemes.

4. Promote the general progress and welfare of pupils in classes or groups or individually as part of the school’s pastoral and counselling arrangements.

5. Assess and record pupil’s personal and social needs, development, progress and attainment.

6. Provide or contribute to oral or written assessments and report on individual pupils and groups, consult and inform parents, co-operate with appropriate outside agencies in accordance with school and Education Committee policies and schemes.

7. Contribute to and participate in corporate planning, self-evaluation, in-service training and professional development in assigned areas of the curriculum and pastoral arrangements, participate in related staff meetings and school events.

8. Advise colleagues, co-operate with them on teaching programmes, methods, equipment and materials within assigned areas of the curriculum ensuring that appropriate administrative tasks are undertaken.

9. Contribute and participate in the school’s pastoral, tutorial and guidance arrangements and undertake an appropriate share of the organisation and conduct of parental consultation and staff meetings.

10. Contribute as required to the appointment, induction, professional development and assessment of junior colleagues, including new entrants to teaching.

11. Accept an appropriate share of the administrative and organisational tasks within the school, including providing support for teachers undertaking additional curriculum or pastoral responsibilities or holding senior posts.

12. Ensure the safety and good order of pupils by carrying out an appropriate share of supervisions whenever pupils are authorised to be on school premises or elsewhere when the schools are in session.

13. Undertaking an appropriate share of all collective responsibilities including substitution for an absent colleague subject to guaranteed non-teaching time roughly equivalent to 2 periods in each 35 period week.

14. Supervise ancillary staff as required.

15. Order and allocate appropriate equipment and materials in accordance with school and Education Committee polices and schemes.

16. Co-operate as required with teachers in other schools and colleges on curricular, pastoral and administrative matters.