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Reducing teacher workload

We are working to remove unnecessary workload for teachers and leaders, so they can focus on teaching and their own development.

The articles are written by education professionals and show how they are reducing workload in their own settings.

"Real flexible working means recognising that life happens" - thinking flexibly in school

Emma Turner and her children

As many of us work from home during the current coronavirus lockdown, it might be easy to think that this is what constitutes flexible working. But real flexible working is not a reactionary way of planning a working schedule, it is a carefully crafted blend of the demands of work and life.

Shutting down emails, and making meetings matter – how one school reduced workload

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Teacher talking to pupils in classroom

Mel Shute, headteacher of Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridgeshire, shares her school’s journey on reducing workload by tackling a problem familiar to most workplaces – how to communicate effectively with each other. At our school we identified that one …

Quality, not quantity: how teacher workload has been reduced by focusing on quality

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Teacher talking to two secondary pupils during a lesson

Last year, at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, West Yorkshire, the findings of the Marking, Planning and Data Workload Review groups were presented to colleagues in a whole-staff meeting.  Everyone from classroom teachers to SLT was asked to think …