• New ‘flagship’ study to solve why teachers leave

    A new five-year study of 15,000 teachers will assess why staff drop out of the profession, the impact of Covid-19 and changing working conditions. The Department for Education says the longitudinal study will serve as its “flagship workforce research vehicle” and “fill key evidence gaps on a long-term basis”. In particular, the study will help

    15.00 Sep. 18th, 2020 | News

  • 1 in 4 teachers work over 60 hours a week - but that's not why they're leaving

    A quarter of teachers work more than 60 hours per week, according to a new study, which warns government attempts to reduce working hours have failed. But the paper, published by the Nuffield Foundation and UCL Institute of Education, also found high working hours have been relatively unchanged for 20 years – making it unlikely

    0.01 Sep. 18th, 2019 | News

  • New free school applications process reveals workload push

    The government has been accused of “unsubtly crow-barring” its need to reduce teacher workload into the new wave of free school applications. In their initial bid applicants must now demonstrate “clear and specific plans” for managing workload, an extra requirement on top of proving the area has low educational standards and needs more school places,

    7.00 Feb. 9th, 2019 | News

  • Ofsted framework: Heads warn audit culture will ‘switch’ to exercise books

    Headteachers have dismissed Ofsted’s claims that its new inspection framework will reduce workload, warning that a proposed shift from internal data to pupils’ books will only create more problems. The watchdog has proposed that inspectors no longer look at schools’ internal assessment data, admitting that its collection can create extra work for teachers. Instead they

    7.00 Jan. 21st, 2019 | News

  • Data helps us intervene early, says academy trust

    Trusts are concerned that a new government diktat to pull back from data collection will stop them making rapid interventions for struggling pupils. The Department for Education this week pledged to cut out unnecessary workload so teachers could “devote their energies to teaching”. It followed several recommendations in a Workload Advisory Group report, which were

    5.00 Nov. 10th, 2018 | News

  • Teacher workload crisis threatens examiner recruitment

    Teacher workload and reforms to GCSEs and A-levels are affecting examiner recruitment. Union officials, school leaders and examiners have lined up to call for a change in approach after the organisation representing the four big exam boards admitted workload was a “barrier” to recruitment at a time when reforms mean more examiners are needed. Speaking

    7.00 Feb. 11th, 2018 | News

  • How can the DfE use EdTech to reduce teacher workload?

    Justine Greening was making progress on using EdTech to alleviate workload – here’s what she’d achieved so far, and what’s still left to do, says Atif Mahmood The DfE’s own research has identified workload as the “most important factor” behind teachers who leave the profession. I meet with heads of department and headteachers daily, all

    16.30 Jan. 24th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Here's how government can alleviate teacher workload

    Overwork is what stresses teachers out the most – and the DfE needs to take urgent, concrete steps, writes Kevin Courtney Teachers tell us time and again that workload is the main issue that drives them to despair – or in many cases out of the profession all together. The government has acknowledged the extent

    5.00 Jan. 13th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Managing Teacher Workload, edited by Nansi Ellis

    Not a week goes by without someone mentioning the ever-increasing volume of work that teachers have to endure. So, you cannot help but be acutely aware of the irony of adding to your own workload by agreeing to review a book on workload. So imagine my delight when a remarkably slim book landed on my

    5.00 Nov. 20th, 2016 | Reviews

  • Teacher workload won't reduce unless class sizes are increased, new report claims

    Teachers will struggle to reduce their workload unless schools increase their class sizes, a new analysis has claimed. A report by the Education Policy Institute (EPI), published today, found it was “unlikely” teachers can cut down on workload unless classes are expanded so they have more time to prepare for fewer lessons. Staff in countries

    0.01 Oct. 10th, 2016 | News