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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.

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 …

Using Curriculum Area Development Time to reduce teacher workload

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Young male teacher at his desk

Like many of the schools in this series of blog posts, our first point of call when looking to address teacher workload were the three independent review group reports on the topic. Staff forums and regular meetings provided our Senior …

Doing fewer things in greater depth: How we reduced teacher workload by restructuring our approach to planning.

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Male teacher with primary school pupils

At St Peter’s Primary school, North Somerset, we have long been looking into ways in which we can try to reduce teacher workload. We began our journey by reading the teacher workload review group paper 'Eliminating unnecessary workload around planning …

‘Mark however you think best’: A year in the life of a meaningful, manageable and motivating marking policy change

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Teacher discussing work with pupils

September 2017 Like many other schools around the country, we at Barr Beacon School found marking in a way that felt thorough and yet was not overly time consuming to be a significant challenge. A year ago, we reduced our …

Tackling Workload Reports: An ITT Provider’s Response

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Teacher talking to pupils in classroom

The University of Greenwich’s Primary Partnership is an outstanding provider of initial teacher training (Ofsted 2016). The partnership comprises over 200 maintained schools and academies across 19 local authorities in London, Kent, Essex and the southeast of England. Since the …