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Making data work: reducing workload in schools

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This week saw the publication of the Making data work: Teacher workload advisory group report. NAHT was involved on the advisory group report which outlines a number of suggestions to minimise and remove unnecessary workload associated with data management.

This report from the Teacher workload advisory group sets out recommendations and principles to reduce the unnecessary workload associated with data and evidence collection. The report covers a wide range of data reporting including pastoral data management, student attainment information, generating predictions or targets for individual students and teacher performance management. 

A welcome first step on the way to streamlining workloads, the report provides recommendations for the government, Ofsted and others to reduce data burdens in schools.

The government has accepted all the recommendations in full.

In response to the report, a joint letter was also published to all school leaders from the Secretary of State for Education, Ofsted, NAHT, ASCL, NGA and CTA. The letter explains the commitment to taking action in light of the recommendations from the report and to support school leaders in reducing workload in their schools.  

Read the joint letter to all school leaders about the importance of reducing workload in schools here.

First published 06 November 2018