Ministers announce measures to cut excessive workload

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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?

3 thoughts on “Ministers announce measures to cut excessive workload

  1. Being in this profession for just under a year, already I feel like I’m not cut for the job. The amount of work, the pressure, children’s behaviour, the attitude of staff /SLT towards each other and the never ending marking, assessing, planning is just too much to bare. Being told that one piece of work hasn’t been marked or not giving enough gap tasks, makes you think.. “What’s the point?” If these children have the capacity to learn, improve, make progress or even move up a level then they sure will with the accurate teaching, but my God if some children haven’t got that extra bit of enthusiasm, or the capacity, or for any other reason a special educational need then whatever you do (act like a clown,do back flips etc) everything in your power if it’s not there then it’s NOT THERE! Stop the pressure on us! Don’t put us down in pupil progress meetings! DON’T try and fault me because that particular child is not ready to learn. We are trying our best. We need to feel appreciated and worthy of our work. How I’m feeling right now does not have the appropriate words to describe it. I’ve had enough and am thinking of leaving this profession as soon as possible. Things have got to change NOW! Otherwise the government will lose a lot of great teachers..

  2. I don’t think bitterly disappointed covers it really. It’s just another example of sound bite politics. Once again teachers will be seen as whinging about their pay and conditions when we get sooo much time off. I honestly do not believe any of them any more and like so many others have no idea who to vote for come May.

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