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Keeping teachers’ workload down

Simplicity is the key to minimising the workload pressure keenly felt by teachers, says executive headteacher Jane Girle. She discusses how she is addressing the issue at her school

Up and down the country, the issue of workload continues to fill staffroom discussions. Lesson-planning, marking and report-writing are just some of the tasks that many teachers are grappling with. But I believe that it is possible for heads to help reduce the burden felt by staff.

By introducing clear guidance, together we can ensure a healthy work/life balance for all. Here is how we are striving to achieve this in our school.

Data-recording was cited as one of the biggest bugbears of the teaching profession in the Workload Challenge consultation undertaken by the Department for Education. I often wonder whether we have really examined how much data we actually need to record, and if we are recording it in the most effective way possible.

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