At the moment, teachers and school staff are working excessive hours on unnecessary tasks driven by the assessment and accountability regimes, funding cuts and Government education reforms; this work does not help children learn and is contributing to a teacher recruitment and retention crisis which is set to worsen.

Children are missing out on opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration and bureaucracy. Our children deserve a world-class education system that currently they are not getting.

We want teachers to have time for teaching to ensure they can give each child the education they deserve.

It’s time to take back your time for teaching.

    Take steps to reduce workload in your school now

    1. Get together with fellow NEU members in your school to discuss workload - you can download our advice on how to hold a members' meeting here.
    2. Identify together the causes of excessive workload, using DfE and Ofsted guidance on what tasks are not required and which your head should not ask for. You can download our workload campaign planning sheet here.
    3. Ask your head for a meeting to discuss ways to reduce workload.


    • Tired teacher in classroom
      Workload reduction toolkit

      Thanks to your campaigning, the government has published a workload reduction toolkit - and written to all headteachers with advice on how to take action. Find out what you can do now.

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      Inspect the inspectors

      Ofsted have been clear about the work that they do not expect to see, but some teachers are still being asked to provide this evidence by inspectors.

    Workload resources

    • Advice Group of students study diligently in university library while a professor helps them understand the difficult concepts
      Tackling workload together

      Our workload guidance will help you identify tasks or activities which are unnecessary, have no education benefit and cause the most stress.

    • Advice Workload meeting
      How to develop a workload campaign in your school

      Any actions to tackle excessive workload and working hours will be more effective if taken together, with staff and leaders working collaboratively to make a positive change across the whole workplace

    • Advice Marking
      Workload advice: marking

      The Independent Teacher Workload Review Groups were established by the DfE to report on, and suggest solutions to, unnecessary burdens associated with marking, planning and data management.