Reducing Teacher Workload
West Midlands’ Joint Lead
Our reputation for reducing teacher workload goes back several years. In 2015, our work on marking caught the attention of the Department for Education who invited us to join the policy review group for marking. Among our contributions was the template for communicating changes to working arrangements. Subsequently, we chronicled our experiences of reducing marking workload in blogs for the DfE, SSAT and were featured in Schools Week and other national publications. Beyond marking, our other approaches to workload have been featured in the DfE’s Workload Reduction Toolkit, Teacher Toolkit (the country’s most read teacher blog) and academic journals.
We are regularly asked to present on workload, including by the DfE, SSAT, multi-academy trusts and governing bodies. In addition, we have hosted leaders from dozens of schools who have been eager to see our approach to workload for themselves.
We are currently the West Midlands’ joint lead (with Ryders Hayes School) of the TSC/DFE (Teaching School Council & Department for Education) project to reduce teacher workload, collaborating with local schools to identify areas where they can reduce workload and evaluate the impact of their actions. By the end of the project, we will have guided the production of several case studies which will be published widely and help to reduce teacher workload on a national and international scale.
If you would like to know more about reducing teacher workload and find out how we may be able to help with your own efforts, please do not hesitate to get in touch.