Directed Time Budgets enable a principal to take an important step towards ensuring that the health and wellbeing of their teachers is achieved as well as a more effective functioning of the school.

While Directed Time Budgets have been a requirement for teachers since 2011, the Department of Education, as part of the 2020 pay deal, agreed to insist on them being made available to teachers at the beginning of the new 2020/21 term. COVID-19 has caused some delay but INTO is determined, through instruction and training in regard to the Workload Agreement, that all teachers be provided with an agreed time budget with the aim of achieving a better work/life balance.

INTO intends to address, through the Review of Principal/Vice-principal Workload, the need for a time budget to ensure a work/life balance for all.

This information aims to provide our members with an explanation, information and advice on the issue of Directed Time Budgets.

Our Frequently Asked Questions below are being regularly updated so please check back for the latest guidance.

INTO EXPLAIN DIRECTED TIME BUDGETS:

INTO DIRECTED TIME BUDGETS WEBINAR PRESENTATION:

INTO DIRECTED TIME BUDGETS / WORKLOAD AGREEMENT POWER POINT PRESENTATION

Download the INTO Directed Time Budgets / Workload Agreement presentation (pptx) as delivered at our recent webinar sessions.

PRINTOUT ARTICLES

May 2020 - Page 6: Correctly Balancing Time Budgets

September 2020 - Page 5: Teaching / Contact Time and Supervision Definitions

DIRECTED TIME BUDGETS: CHECKLIST

Use the INTO Directed Time Budget Checklist (PDF) to make sure your school is getting the balance right.

DIRECTED TIME BUDGETS: TEMPLATES

INTO have produced the following Directed Time Budget Templates for primary, special and post-primary schools for members' use:

Primary & Special School Template (xlsx)

Teimpléad Bhuiséad Am Dírithe Bunscoile/Scoil Speisialta (xlsx)

Primary & Special School Template (pdf)

Teimpléad Bhuiséad Am Dírithe Bunscoile/Scoil Speisialta (pdf)

Post-primary School Template (xlsx)

Teimpléad Am Dírithe Iar-bhunscoile (xlsx)

Post-primary School Template (pdf)

Teimpléad Am Dírithe Iar-bhunscoile (pdf)

TRANSITIONAL ARRANGEMENTS

Management Side wrote to Principals in their letter dated 28 August 2020 (pdf) to outline the transitional arrangements for DTBs.

This letter includes a link to resources developed in collaboration with teacher unions to support school principals in the process of developing DTBs.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Our FAQs continue to be updated and members are advised to check regularly for the most up-to-date information.

FAQs are available on the following topics:

  1. DTB Overview
  2. 1265 hours
  3. Directed Time
  4. Planning, Preparation & Assessment Time (PPA)
  5. Post Holders
  6. Principals

1. DTB OVERVIEW

2. 1265 HOURS

3. DIRECTED TIME

4. PLANNING, PREPARATION & ASSESSMENT TIME (PPA)

5. POST HOLDERS

6. PRINCIPALS

Still have questions?

Submit your query by email to INTO. Please include your Teacher Reference Number.