Following a call from Nick Clegg to minimise unnecessary paperwork, teachers can tell the DfE how their workload could be cut on its Workload Challenge website.
The Deputy Prime Minister wants teachers to spend more time in the classroom rather than on “unnecessary processes, box-ticking and form-filling”, the BBC reports. This follows Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s promise to reduce teacher workload last month.
“We’re talking about hours spent struggling to stay on top of piles of incident reports, over-detailed lesson plan templates, health and safety forms, departmental updates, training requests and so on that threaten to engulf them every week,” Mr Clegg said. “Not to mention the reams of additional evidence which teachers pull together because of a long-held belief that Ofsted inspectors want to see everything written down.”
Teaching unions welcomed Mr Clegg’s announcement. “ATL is pleased the coalition government is finally taking teachers’ workloads seriously,” said ATL’s Mary Bousted. “It is a tragedy that for so long teachers and school leaders have felt pressurised into doing tasks which do nothing to improve children’s education.”
Now teachers can tell the DfE what wastes their time, and what the government and schools should be doing about it on the Workload Challenge website. Teachers can email their ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Workload Challenge page on Twitter.
Meanwhile, school leaders say that teachers should spend less time marking books to cut their workload. Instead of presenting “beautifully detailed, marked books”, ASCL (Eteach is an ASCL Premier Partner) wants teachers to spend more time working with pupils. In a letter to Nicky Morgan, it insisted that the government must play a bigger part in cutting teachers’ workload by scaling back league tables and easing the pressure caused by Ofsted inspections, the Telegraph reports.
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