Nicky Morgan has been forced to recognise teacher workload as a critical issue.
In response to the NUT's campaigning, Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg announced a “Workload Challenge” consultation in England. More than 40,000 teachers responded.
Our suggested action plan is below.
Nicky Morgan says she wants to make a difference to teacher workload and has asked for suggestions. This is what the NUT thinks she should do to really make a difference:
- Reform accountability so it is based on trust
- Introduce fundamental change on requirements relating to marking, planning, data, meetings and observations
- Allow time for curriculum and SEN reform
- Reform the teacher pay system
- Require schools to adopt a binding work-life balance policy
- Set targets to reduce workload and introduce limits
- Increase teacher numbers to improve education
The full action plan can be read here.
Union pressure has resulted in clarification by Ofsted as to what they DO NOT expect schools to do or provide during and before inspection. This should help members to gain agreement about the expectations for or during an Ofsted inspection. Go here for the document.
As a result of our pressure and action, workload is now a specific policy area for the Government with the requirement to find ways of reducing 'unnecessary' teacher workload.
Click here for the full report.
The National Union of Teachers conducted a survey between 24 and 28 September and 16,379 teachers responded. See workload survey report.
What you can do
- Email your MP to ask them to tell Nicky Morgan that something has to change.
- Tweet #TellNicky - We are losing far too many good teachers.
The general election in 2015 will be a watershed moment for education in England and Wales. Parents and teachers have a golden opportunity to use the time before the general election to pressure politicians. The NUT manifesto makes recommendations for priorities and policies to benefit all children.
A broad swathe of authors including Alan Gibbons, Beverley Naidoo, Bali Rai, Mary Hoffman and Sally Gardner have voiced their support for our manifesto.
To see a growing list of endorsements of our manifesto document click here.