"As part of the "Managing Workload and Reducing Bureaucracy Group", we have brought these issues direct to government and are helping to suggest solutions. We hope this group can make a real difference."

"Welcome too is the commitment to bring forward another workload survey - which we had been calling for. With the new curriculum out for consultation at the moment, tackling workload is really key to ensuring that education professionals can focus on teaching and learning. We look forward to working with the Welsh Government on this.

"We know that recruitment and retention of teachers is a problem. We need a focus on workload, alongside proper funding of the system, to ensure that learning is central to education."

Press contacts:

The National Education Union is an amalgamation of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) and National Union of Teachers (NUT), formed on 1 September 2017. Please see the below contact details for assistance:

Contact: David Evans, Wales Secretary,  National Education Union, Tŷ Sinnott, 18 Neptune Court, Vanguard Way, Cardiff CF24 5PJ.  Tel: 029 20491818. Mob: 07815 071164

e-mail: david.evans@neu.org.uk

Note to editors:

  • EWC/ WG workforce survey - April 2017

Of those who responded, 88.3% of school teachers, 59.5% of further education teachers, 38.1% of school learning support workers, 24.1% of supply teachers, 17.9% of further education LSW and 6.7% of supply LSW disagreed or disagreed strongly that they were able to effectively manage their existing workload.

About us

  • The National Education Union stands up for the future of education. It brings together the voices of teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges to form the largest education union in Wales.
  • The National Education Union is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). It is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.