Occasionally it may be important to revisit with teaching staff the definition of an extra. Over time some teachers can become confused. Combining a small class (say 5-6 students) with another small class already running is NOT an extra. The term “Extra” is in reference to time only, not the “extra” number of students you have.
Confusion can also occur when the term “extra” is used generically to include replacement classes. Replacement classes are totally different and do not count to a teachers quota of extras over the year. That’s why it is important to show the “count” column in your daily bulletin. A count greater than zero constitutes an extra. A count equal to zero constitutes an replacement.
So in summary, an extra is “any class taken by a teacher which is in excess of the school determined maximum number of periods to be taught in a cycle”.