30 April 2015
Responding to Rebecca Allen’s comments that sending pupils’ work abroad to be marked will save money and reduce workload, Kevin Courtney, Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers’ union, said:
“This doesn’t take account of the nature of assessment. Teachers don’t just look at the rightness or wrongness of the student’s answer – they want to understand and support the student’s learning process. Outsourcing doesn’t help at all with assessment for learning.
“Of course we want to see a reduction in teacher workload, but the solution surely does not lie in perpetuating a low-wage economy overseas. The extremes of workload are a product of accountability to Ofsted and the Department for Education. It is those policies which pile pressure on teachers and lead to 60 hour weeks, too much of which is spent on accountability rather than work that directly addresses pupils.”