Silly Concepts: A Teacher’s Workload Check-Up

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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?

  1. Do you have to attend more than 2 meetings each week?
  2. Does your line-manager allocate an opportunity for staff to complete tasks within the meeting time?
  3. Does your school have a dedicated member of support staff to help prepare resources for teacher training sessions?
  4. 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)?
  5. Are teachers asked to cover lessons for planned absences?
  6. Does your school centralise detentions? Does your school discourage Saturday sessions for teaching staff?
  7. Does your school allow teachers to offer verbal feedback – with no record collection/evidence?
  8. Has your school abandoned homework timetables? They rarely work, let’s face it …
  9. Does your school offer a 2-week half-term break?
  10. 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.

Get in touch if you need some support.

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account in which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated for '500 Most Influential People in Britain' in The Sunday Times as one of the most influential in the field of education - he remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing online as @TeacherToolkit, he rebuilt this website (c2008) into what you are now reading, as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the number one spot at the UK Blog Awards (2018). Today, he is currently a PGCE tutor and is researching 'social media and its influence on education policy' for his EdD at Cambridge University. In 1993, he started teaching and is an experienced school leader working in some of the toughest schools in London. He is also a former Teaching Awards winner for 'Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School, London' (2004) and has written several books on teaching (2013-2018). Read more...

2 thoughts on “Silly Concepts: A Teacher’s Workload Check-Up

  • 31st March 2019 at 1:03 pm
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    Hi,
    I would like to request that you post on the subject of neglect and at what point does taking students ‘progress’ into a teachers hands does it become so. Let’s face it, when you’re at your limit, there are no more hours to give, you’re as efficient as a programmed robot and your Head demands more, you have to take and record progress into your own hands. I feel that this is as much neglect as not planning lessons at all.

    Another thing, how will not expelling pupils stop them from moving into crime? Aren’t there specialist centres they can go with specialist teachers to deal with their extreme behaviour? Clearly, the years of destruction they cause in schools is enough to say the school is an inappropriate environment for them?

    Every child matters, so why are there so many general blankets?

    When I used to go on about ready to learn, I was referring to them not having the maturity and should re-enter education when they realise it’s benefits later on – no waste, win

    Trial Blanket – expulsion alternative
    Put a group to work, pay them per performance and save their learning entitlement until they are ready to learn. Win X 10 sphere

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