National Education Union to highlight issues of workload

Over eighty per cent of teachers said that excessive workload has made them consider leaving teaching in the past year, according to a recent National Education Union survey. These initial findings from the survey will be released today by Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, as she addresses delegates at the ‘School Workload Conference: Nottingham’s Fair Workload Charter’.

The event, hosted by Nottingham Education Improvement Board, will focus on good practice to help reduce the excessive workloads of education staff.

Dr Bousted said: “I am delighted to be speaking in Nottingham at the School Workload Conference.

“In a recent survey, initial findings have found that National Education Union teacher members feel that excessive workload is blighting their lives and driving them from the profession.

“Schools are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain teachers, and school leaders tell us that teacher shortages are a threat to school standards. That is why this conference, which focuses on practical and workable solutions to teacher workload, is so important.”

The National Education Union has campaigned tirelessly for change, at a national level, putting pressure on the Government to reduce workload​. Further information on the campaign can be found here.

Further information on the conference can be found here.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Please note the full results of the survey by the National Education Union will be released at a later date.

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Press release
17 November 2017