Workload in schools has reached unprecedented levels. Teachers in England work an average of 54 hours a week, while school leaders work in excess of 60, according to the DfE’s own workload survey. Support staff regularly work beyond their contracted hours.
The National Education Union is working for change at a national level, putting pressure on the Government to reduce workload. But you can take action now by using our toolkit, Tackling Workload Together, to work collaboratively with your colleagues.
Steps to a successful workload campaign
Together, our members have successfully reduced workload in many workplaces. Our steps to a successful workload campaign give you advice on identifying the problems you face and planning for the best ways of successfully securing change.
How to tackle workload
Major changes to the culture of marking, planning and data management in schools have been recommended by the DfE Workload Review Groups. The DfE teacher workload poster and leaflet set out how to use the Workload Review Group Reports to reduce workload in your school. The Ofsted guidance for schools - Ofsted Myths clarifies what Ofsted does not expect from schools during or before inspections and dispels myths that lead to excessive workload. You can use it to reach agreement about what teachers do and do not need to do at school.
The National Education Union has produced a summary of the three reports with commentary and advice, detailed below, as well as advice on other workload and accountability issues.