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.
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
- Watch NEU member Gary talk about his experience conducting a workload survey in his school
- Download our Time for Teaching posters to display on your union noticeboard and leaflets to give out to colleagues
- Read about how members at an Oasis academy school in London have made real progress in tackling workload
Take steps to reduce workload in your school now
- 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.
- 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.
- Ask your head for a meeting to discuss ways to reduce workload.
Our workload guidance will help you identify tasks or activities which are unnecessary, have no education benefit and cause the most stress.
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
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.
Workload in colleges and schools has reached unprecedented levels. Take action on workload in sixth form colleges today.
Ninety-five per cent of SENCOs told us that they need adequate protected time to carry out their role, which means the government must fund schools properly so that heads can provide it.
The facts about teachers' workload.