Regarding workload, the answer is simple. In this blog, I address a common problem for all teachers and propose a long-term solution for sustainability. It forms part of my own manifesto to Nicky Morgan.
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“When the outcomes of the Department for Education’s “Workload Challenge’’ consultation were published in February it was alarming, yet not surprising, to read that unnecessary lesson planning was the chief concern of 38 per cent of respondents.
.The report said: “Respondents … focus on the level of detail required in plans to be submitted, including annotated seating plans for each class and justifying their decisions made . . . to change and revisit plans during the course of a week as lessons have developed . . . tight deadlines to submit weekly lesson plans – including deadlines over the weekend . . .”
.In the meantime, education secretary Nicky Morgan keeps saying: “I want to build a new deal for teacher workload – and I need your help.”
Imagine! Directed time for planning, marking and reflecting during the school day.
So here it is Mrs Morgan; the answer is simple. In fact, the way to reduce unnecessary paperwork and unproductive tasks for all classroom teachers is so simple that it will astound many school leaders and politicians alike.
The only issue is that it is so unassuming some might think it unrealistic. Allow me to convince you.
… The answer is so simple it will be sniggered at.
“Cut time in the classroom to one-third. It will be expensive, but it is what teachers need have a radical solution to stop the endless workload rhetoric offered by politicians in lip-service conferences typically attended by few classroom teachers, but filled instead with school leaders, policy-makers and educators.”
To read my solution to workload and the full article, click here.