Read about examples of workload reduction initiatives that are being introduced across the country

Nottingham City Fair Workload Charter

In Nottingham the NUT has worked with the Nottingham City Education Improvement Board (EIB) to reduce pressure on teachers in response to a growing teacher shortage and have negotiated a Fair Workload Charter.

It has been recognised by the Nottingham City EIB and all the unions that excessive workload is a major obstacle to schools in Nottingham being able to successfully recruit and retain both teachers and teaching assistants, an issue affecting many other areas across the country.
A Fair Workload Charter has been negotiated which sets out what teachers and other staff can expect from schools which sign up to it and display its charter mark. See here.

Although it is too early to assess the effectiveness of the Charter, and it is by no means a panacea, it is an example of joint working which has the potential to make a difference to teachers’ lives and its impact and effectiveness will be closely monitored during 2017 .

Where schools have signed up to the Charter, this means that staff can expect:

  • A fair and reasonable workload
  • High quality training and professional development opportunities
  • A pay and rewards package at least that of national arrangements for teachers and the Local Authority pay scale for support staff

Key features include:

  • Provision of a generic directed time budget in the June prior to each academic year, setting out the maximum 10 hours that staff will be expected to work beyond the 32.4 hours of directed time, with schools obliged to monitor actual workload;
  • Policies on marking, assessment and data management subject to regular review and workload impact assessment;
  • The facility to challenge failure by schools to adhere to the Charter via an adjudication process

Other NUT divisions are working on similar projects and these will be reported on in due course.