Schools have discretion over their timetabling to best meet their learners' needs. Schools should seek to timetable their classes according to learners' needs and then seek a PTT (COVID-19) holder to fill any timetabling gaps.
For example, Teacher A is absent and cannot teach their VCE Maths class. Teacher B (year 9 Science) is timetabled to teach VCE Maths while teacher A is absent. The school employs a PTT (COVID-19) holder who has permission to teach Science 7-10 to teach year 9 Science for Teacher B.
Schools do not need to match a PTT (COVID-19) holder to the absent teacher’s class in order to utilise PTT (COVID-19), but must ensure the PTT (COVID-19) holder is only teaching the subjects listed on their card. PTT (COVID-19) cannot be used to undertake casual relief teaching.
Multiple staff absences
Where a school is experiencing multiple staff absences, a PTT (COVID-19) holder may be kept on beyond the original absence period to assist the school to respond flexibly to learning needs.
For example, schools may want to keep a PTT (COVID-19) holder teaching a specific class while a more experienced teacher works across the school to fill (COVID-19) related vacancies. This will assist the pre-service teacher to develop their pedagogy in a supportive environment.