Why do schools ask their teachers to mark every piece of classwork?
This week Ross Morrison McGill wrote a reply to his Dear Parents blog from last week, and both the original and the reply feature as 1 and 2 in our top blogs this week. Check out what he thought parents can do to help reduce teacher workload in Dear Mr. McGill and seeing as we are on the topic, workload continues as a them throughout this week’s picks!
Top 5 blogs
- Dear Parents – Do you believe your child’s teacher has lots of free time on their hands?
- Dear Mr. McGill – Why do schools ask their teachers to mark every piece of classwork?
- 5 Ways School Leaders Can Be Kind – Will you implement these Random Acts of Kindness?
- The 5 Minute Lesson Plan – A success story
- 20 Years of Educational Fads – Over the past 20 years, what do you think teachers have wasted their time doing most?
Resource of the week
The #5MinWorkloadPlan has been devised to help teachers and leaders take back control of their workload and wellbeing. The best schools, teachers and leaders manage their workload so they can focus on doing a few, high impact, important things well. Find a step by step explanation of how to use the plan here and then download your template here to get started.
CPD Spotlight of the week: Managing workload
…and to go with the 5 minute workload plan, here are our top workload reducing blogposts.
- 26 Tips To Make Teacher Workload Manageable
- 12 Smart Steps To Reduce Teacher Workload
- 5 Workload Solutions
- Teacher Workload: Policy vs Practice
- Religious Education (RE) matters now more than ever tackling some of the most important issues facing the world today. Yet RE is in crisis and the Religious Education Council of England and Wales warn that a dearth of religious education teachers could contribute to religious stereotyping and discrimination, leaving pupils at risk of becoming ignorant, or bigoted.
- Schools minister Nick Gibb launched plans to start trialling a new multiplication test in primary schools from next month but he refused to answer questions on his own knowledge of times tables. He didn’t want to get sucked into answering what 8 x 9 was so he refused to do it on ‘live television’. Just so you know Nick, the answer is 72 and its digital root is 9.
- North Lanarkshire Council is tackling ‘holiday hunger’ by planning to provide free meals 365 days a year to children from low income families.
- Former Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw says that the Government must implement official hijabs policy in schools.
- Read the ten key, interrelated proposals in relation to teacher recruitment and retention from the ASCL, NAHT, NEU and Voice as expressed in a joint letter to Damian Hinds.