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