As part of the Department for Education's (DfE's) action to remove unnecessary workload for teachers, it is developing a workload reduction toolkit. The aim of the toolkit is to provide practical support in the form of advice, tools and effective practice to help governors, leaders, teachers and training providers remove unnecessary workload throughout their schools and provision.
To make this toolkit as effective as possible, the DfE needs to include practical examples of how workload is being managed effectively in schools. For example:
- Staff surveys to track and monitor workload
- Impact assessment tools
- Work-life balance, well-being or flexible working policies
- Well-established and clearly understood systems/routines/school rules for behaviour, such as classroom expectations, sanctions and consequences, that have reduced teacher workload associated with behaviour management
- Policies related to marking/feedback, planning and data management that have been streamlined to remove unnecessary workload
- Protocols for use of email or staff meetings that have been designed to reduce workload
- Use of technology to reduce workload (eg marking/homework tools)
- Support for teachers, particularly trainee teachers and NQTs, that helps them manage workload
- Effective timetabling and staff deployment practice eg to enable blocks of joint PPA time, flexible working timetabling or the use of INSET days/twilight sessions
- Any other policies, protocols or systems your schools have put in place to streamline practice and remove unnecessary workload.
Help inform the toolkit
The DfE wants schools to email examples of effective practice by Monday 4 December 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. It wants to make sure this process is not time-consuming, so send it in whatever format you use. Make sure you include your name, school/organisation and contact details in the email, so the DfE can get in touch with you if necessary. All schools, organisations or individuals contributing to the toolkit will receive recognition in the final publication.
The DfE will also be holding regional events on reducing teacher workload that will provide opportunities for schools to hear about practical solutions and share their practice. Follow the links for details of how to sign up for the first two events in London and Birmingham. There will be further events in the spring term.
Page Published: 27/11/2017