Nicky Morgan praised teachers as “heroes” and promised to reduce their overall burden, after a survey revealed a ‘shocking and sobering’ workload crisis in schools.
In a report that was published during the Conservative party conference, the NUT revealed that over 90% of the 16,000 teachers it surveyed said they had considered leaving the profession because of excessive workload. The NUT General Secretary Christine Blower described the survey’s findings as “utterly depressing”.
In her first conference speech as Education Secretary Nicky Morgan pledged to reduce teachers’ workload, saying that parents do not want their children to be taught by stressed and exhausted teachers, the BBC reports. Mrs. Morgan reached out to teachers as the “heroes” of the education system, saying that she sympathised with them “working late into the night marking books, planning lessons, preparing for inspections that may or may not come”.
In a conciliatory speech, very different in tone from her predecessor’s approach, she also promised to find ways for teachers to spend more of their time teaching in the classroom.
NASUWT’s Chris Keates welcomed Mrs Morgan’s commitment to tackle excessive workload: “But tackling workload effectively will require the Secretary of State to recognise the contribution of this government’s policies to the current excessive workload burdens,” she said.
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