Following the general election 2015, and the Workload Challenge Report, what promises does Nicky Morgan and the DfE need to keep?
“After the election results, the government now needs to make good on its election promises.”
With the recent election outcome, we can now only hope Nicky Morgan keeps to the promises made in the Department for Education’s (DfE) Workload Challenge report published in February. Reading back over the details this half-term, I have decided to look at each of the recommendations listed in the Government Response to the Workload Challenge in closer detail.
I’d also like to offer my practical suggestions for school leaders in the hope that we can all promise to use these strategies for tackling workload in schools.
In the 38 weeks of term time, teachers are contracted to work 32.5 hours per week – yet most teachers and leaders report between 50 to 60 hours per week managing their workload. It may not happen in my lifetime, but I do hope to see a day when teachers’ timetables are reduced so we have more time set aside for planning and marking.
For now, the Government Response to the Workload Challenge sets out six actions.
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