Following the biggest teacher survey in 10 years, the government has announced some “decisive measures” to cut their workload – but unions say they are disappointing.
44,000 teachers responded to Nicky Morgan’s invitation to tell her if they had any problems with their workload. They told the Education Secretary about familiar problems like bureaucracy and too many government initiatives, but also issues like being told to make recordings of any verbal feedback they give pupils, in case of complaints.
Ms Morgan and the Deputy Prime Minister responded to the complaints by promising to give a year’s notice in future of any significant changes to the curriculum and qualifications and not make changes mid-course to qualifications, the Independent reports. Mr Clegg admitted that teachers had been left “browbeaten and undervalued”. “Thousands have told us that they’re simply not able to focus on the job at hand because of the burdensome workloads they’re faced with,” he said. “It’s about time we changed that.”
However the NUT said the proposals are insufficient and teachers will be “bitterly disappointed” by the measures. “At a time when the number of teachers leaving this proud profession is at a 10-year high, this announcement on workload is simply insufficient,” said general secretary Christine Blower. ATL’s Mary Bousted said the proposals are not enough: “What was the point of asking teachers’ opinions if the Government was going to ignore their views? Brushing the views of thousands of teachers under the carpet will not help.”
Are you “bitterly disappointed” by the government’s response to the workload survey, and if so what should they have offered to do?