How can school leaders genuinely reduce teacher workload?
Our 129th interview is with, David Lowbridge-Ellis, former deputy head teacher of Barr Beacon School and current deputy director of school improvement at the Matrix Academy Trust…
Two years ago I connected with David (in his role as deputy head teacher) at Barr Beacon. I was attracted to a claim that his school did 47 things to reduce teacher workload and support teacher wellbeing! It was so good, I referenced all the ideas in my ‘Just Great Teaching‘ research.
One month ago, I checked back in with David to see how things were going throughout COVID; particularly to focus on those 47 things published to understand if they actually lived out to be true, rather than as a list on paper…
Listen to the podcast (45 minutes)
In this podcast, listen to David and Teacher Toolkit founder, Ross McGill discuss:
- David’s initial thoughts and documenting on teacher workload
- David’s own memories of school and pathway into teaching
- Why his school does not produce lesson plans for review, and many others!
- The importance of school leaders being visible in schools
- Giving teachers the freedom to find their own pupil feedback strategies
- (Spaced) Scheduling for teacher professional development
- Removing written reports for parents and what to replace them with
- Contact-tracing in schools during COVID-19 and,
- Reducing senior leadership workload.