Nicky Morgan has announced plans to cut the unnecessary workload faced by teachers, so they can spend more time with pupils.
The Education Secretary wants teachers to spend more of their working week in the classroom rather than carrying out administrative tasks, the Telegraph reports. Nicky Morgan wrote to seven teaching unions before starting talks this week, reinforcing her determination to distance herself from Michael Gove’s more combative approach to them.
Her announcement follows research published during the summer that showed that teachers in England spend just a third of their working week teaching, although they work longer hours than their peers in other European countries. Teachers in secondary schools work 48 hours a week but spend just 20 hours in the classroom – the rest is spent on administration, lesson planning and marking.
In the letter Mrs Morgan said she wanted to focus on the unnecessary workload teachers experience: “I have been struck by the national and international evidence around this issue…but also by what I have heard from individual teachers about the tasks they are sometimes asked to take on,” she said. “Teachers join the profession to teach and we have a common interest in reducing – where we can – unnecessary work that takes teachers’ time away from teaching.”
Mrs. Morgan will be hoping that her announcement and her willingness to attend talks with the teaching unions will reduce the threat of further strike action by the NUT in October.
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