Protect Teachers, Defend Education - Teachers' Workload – stronger together
Marking which leads to excessive workload
Marking is a professional activity which should be undertaken in accordance with teachers' knowledge and expertise. The NUT's campaigning on this issue is beginning to see success, with new Ofsted guidance on marking requirements. The Ofsted clarification document, published following NUT pressure, is clear that triple marking or any scheme that requires excessive written feedback between teacher and student is not needed or sought by Ofsted. Marking is a professional matter and should be in the hands of teachers. See NUT guidance on reasonable marking arrangements for members.
What you can do
NUT school and college groups in England and Wales can use our programme of Action Short of Strike Action (ASOS) to refuse to comply with unreasonable marking policies.
If marking policy is a problem in your workplace, ask your NUT rep to call a meeting to discuss it. Have a look at the NUT guidance on reasonable marking arrangements. Take your proposed changes to the head teacher/principal. If the issue remains unresolved, NUT school and college groups can refuse to comply with marking policies which generate excessive and unnecessary workload.
You can rely both on our ASOS instructions and on firm support from your Union.
The Government’s announcement in response to its workload challenge consultation is bitterly disappointing.
More than 40,000 teachers responded to the consultation, announced by Nicky Morgan and Nick Clegg in response to the NUT’s campaigning. The outcome was a missed opportunity focusing on slowing down the pace of change and improving training, whilst ignoring the central point about reforming the high stakes system of accountability, with specific reference to Ofsted, which is driving unnecessary workload for teachers and school leaders.
The NUT has published an Eight Steps programme showing the Government how to reduce excessive teacher workload quickly, at little or no cost. Similar action is needed in Wales. Click here to see the Government’s announcement, the NUT's ‘Eight Steps’ to reduce workload, and an NUT comparison of how the Government’s response measures up to the Eight Steps.
What you can do
- Email your Prospective Parliamentary Candidates to tell them about the issues of excessive workload and the NUT’s suggested Eight Steps to reduce it.
- Tweet #TellNicky we are losing far too many good teachers and she should support the NUT’s Eight Steps
Our strike in March this year forced the publication of the workload statistics which had been collected more than a year earlier. It also forced the Government to produce guidance or head teachers about the evidence demands they place on teachers and on equalities issues in pay determination.
Campaigning on workload and working time issues in school – teachers’ working time and duties guide - 2014
This guide summarises the entitlements of teachers under the STPCD; their rights under regulation and legislation;and the NUT’s policies and advice on workload and working hours. Teachers who are employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation, or voluntary aided school are covered by STPCD conditions. Many teachers working in Academies will be too, though this is not automatic in all cases.
Click here to download summary guidance on teachers working time and duties
Click here to download detailed guidance on Teachers Working Time and Duties
Click here to download the Sixth Form Colleges Teachers' workload and working time guidance.
Other workload materials
- Take control of your working hours (A3 Poster)
- Take control of your working hours (A4 Poster)
- Take control of your working hours (A5 Postcard)
- Teacher cover. Guidance for divisions, association and NUT representative
- Planning poster A3
- Planning leaflet
- Planning: Guidance for Members - This guidance provides up-dated advice and protection to members on excessive demands for planning.
- Improving Teachers’ Conditions of Service - Guidance for NUT School Representatives
- Checklist of Workload Targets
- Work Your Proper Hours - Time Sheet
- Directed Time Calculator - Blackburn with Darwen NUT has developed this directed time calculator, which has been adopted by a number of schools in that area, and is happy to make it available more widely.
- Teacher Stress - NUT Guidance to Divisions and Associations
- Preventing Work-Related Mental Health Conditions by Tackling Stress - Guidance for Head Teachers
- Work-Life Balance - Guidance on Developing Policies for Schools
- Work-Life Balance School Model Policy