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Workload Challenge

The average English teacher works nearly 50 hours a week, compared with an OECD average of 38 hours a week. But too much of that time is taken up with unnecessary paperwork and unproductive tasks.

We want you to tell us about what helps you to manage your workload, what you think wastes your time, and what the government, schools and others should be doing to reduce unnecessary and unproductive workload.

Please tell us about your experience and send us your ideas – this will really help our understanding of the way that schools are working.

Once teachers have had their say, we will take action. We have already taken steps to reduce bureaucracy in schools, but we recognise the challenges that teachers face and we want to do more.

The call for views closes on 21 November 2014.



Have your say

  • Send us your solutions and strategies for tackling workload – we want to hear about the good practice already in schools.
  • Tell us about the unnecessary tasks which take you away from teaching, and where these come from.
  • Let us know what you think should be done to tackle unnecessary workload – by government, by schools, or by others.

Fill in this survey or email us.

Please do also send us any photos, videos or documents that will help our understanding of the way that schools are working.



Find out more

Find out about other people’s experiences and ideas to reduce unnecessary workload:

Michael Tidd, deputy headteacher of a primary and nursery school in Nottinghamshire thinks the aims of marking and feedback policies need to be more explicit.

John Blake, assistant headteacher at the London Academy of Excellence in Stratford, thinks better school management and information systems could help.



Myth busting

Ofsted has published clarification for schools about inspection – read it here.


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