What is your school doing to genuinely reduce teacher workload? Try this simple questionnaire…
With state-school budgets at breaking point, it’s an even harder task for headteachers to reduce teacher workload if headcount is stretched. You can download the self-review document here or just tackle a set of summarised and pointed questions below.
Silly Concepts: Yes or No?
- Do you have to attend more than 2 meetings each week?
- Does your line-manager allocate an opportunity for staff to complete tasks within the meeting time?
- Does your school have a dedicated member of support staff to help prepare resources for teacher training sessions?
- When completing reports or data entry, has any leader estimated the time required to complete the task (for the teacher who teaches the most pupils)?
- Are teachers asked to cover lessons for planned absences?
- Does your school centralise detentions? Does your school discourage Saturday sessions for teaching staff?
- Does your school allow teachers to offer verbal feedback – with no record collection/evidence?
- Has your school abandoned homework timetables? They rarely work, let’s face it …
- Does your school offer a 2-week half-term break?
- And finally something more abstract: If one timetabled period is worth approximately £2k per year, per teacher, how much impact (vs. value) do your staff meetings have?
We all know some schools are operating under a tough set of circumstances. However, if all schools can abandon some silly workload concepts, we can start to reduce high-stakes accountability and help stop teachers leaving the profession prematurely.
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