Workload

View the new DfE workload video and take action on workload today.

As a result of national pressure from the National Education Union and other unions, the DfE has launched a workload toolkit encouraging school leaders to work with staff to eliminate unnecessary activities.

Together with the NEU, it has also produced a video focussing on reducing the burden of planning.

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"The Government needs more than ambition if these efforts are to work. School accountability needs fundamental reform, not tinkering. School leaders need to know what the Government and Ofsted expects of them, not just what they don’t expect" 

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary, National Education.

Steps you can take to reduce workload

  1. Speak to your workplace rep and ask them to arrange a members’ meeting to discuss the toolkit and decide which sections are most relevant for your school
  2. Identify together the causes of excessive and unnecessary workload, using DfE/Ofsted guidance on our website on what tasks are not required and which school leaders should not ask for
  3. Plan to discuss with your headteacher ways in which workload can be reduced and ask for an all-staff INSET day focusing on the toolkit.

Workload advice

We've created lots of practical advice to help you tackle excessive workload in your workplace.

A staggering 81% of teachers said they have considered leaving teaching in the last year because of the pressures of workload, according to our survey of over 8,000 teachers