Teacher workload is at unprecedented levels. The most recent DfE teacher workload survey showed teachers working on average 54.4 hours a week. We are losing far too many good teachers. An exhausted, dispirited teacher is not what children or parents want or deserve.
The NUT’s campaign to make the Government lift the pressures on teachers and schools is beginning to secure some outcomes. Far too little is still being done, however, to reform the high stakes accountability system that is the root cause of excessive workload.
While the NUT continues to press for decisive Government action to reduce the demands on teachers, it’s important that teachers themselves also take the steps available to them to bring about improvements at school level, particularly by acting collectively.
There are many steps which can be taken to help make a difference. Explore these areas and encourage colleagues to do so too.