2 April 2018
Commenting after the debate on Motion 35, Kevin Courtney, General Secretary of the NUT section of the National Education Union, said:
“The effect that the current accountability framework has on the workload of teachers and school leaders cannot be overstated and a review of the way Ofsted operates is long overdue.
“Talk to virtually any teacher or school leader and they will tell you that workload is driven hugely by the draconian accountability pressures placed on schools. Triple marking, ‘Mocksteds’, reams of lesson plans and endless data collection are driven by Ofsted and the wider accountability framework and are a costly distraction from the core purpose of education.
“There is belated recognition both from Ofsted and the Government of their role in creating this crisis, but school accountability needs fundamental reform not tinkering. Until this happens there is little chance that workload pressures will ease and teachers will continue to leave the profession in droves.”
Edufacts: Teacher Recruitment and Retentionhttps://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/teacher-recruitment-and-retention
Edufacts: Workload https://www.teachers.org.uk/edufacts/workload
Ofsted guidance on Ofsted myths: https://www.teachers.org.uk/education-policies/ofsted-estyn/clarification-schools