What practical steps can be taken in schools to reduce workload?

How do NEU members now seek support for action short of strike action (ASOS)?

The NUT’s national ASOS programme has secured significant beneficial changes for many teachers.  Changes to working practices secured through ASOS in the past should be seen as permanent, not temporary.  

The National Education Union has not carried out a national ballot on ASOS, so members wishing to take any new action need the support of a new industrial action ballot.  The NEU will organise a formal ballot in every workplace where negotiations on workload haven't been successful and members seek support for action short of strike action or strike action. 

You can rely upon the NEU’s continuing support to help you tackle workload issues such as appraisal, observations, lesson planning, meetings and email demands.  Contact your local NUT section officers when you and your colleagues want to seek support in tacking workload together.

How can NUT members highlight workload concerns to their head teacher?

Flagging up workload concerns in the first instance to your head teacher can be done using a model letter here, amended as appropriate.

How can NUT members undertake a stress survey in school?

Stress surveys can provide powerful data for discussions with school management.  You can use the NUT’s online school stress survey to evidence the extent, causes and impact of work-related stress in your schools. It takes no more than ten minutes to complete and is anonymous. Contact us at healthandsafety@nut.org.uk to find out more and we will send you a link to the survey to distribute to members.

Should all schools have a work-life balance policy?

Yes, consulting on and adopting such a policy will go some way to ensuring that all teachers are able to better balance their working life with other commitments.

All teachers, including senior leaders are entitled to enjoy a reasonable work/life balance, which supports their effectiveness and students’ learning. The NUT’s model policy covers issues such as directed time, organisation of meetings and flexible working practices.  Read it here .

How can NUT members work with parents if taking industrial action over workload?

Parents are more likely to support the actions of their child’s teachers when they realise that reducing teacher workload will help ensure their child’s school is fully staffed and will ultimately provide a better educational experience.  If you are concerned about the reaction of parents, click here for a leaflet which you can print out and distribute to parents where appropriate.