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Reducing teacher workload: Four key areas to review

From scheduling to marking, school leaders looking to reduce the workload burden for their staff should review four key areas of school life. Matt Bromley explains

The teaching profession is a leaky sieve and the prevalence of unfulfilled teaching posts as well as a growth in the numbers of unqualified teachers in our schools is proving both costly and damaging.

In 2016, one in 10 teachers left the profession. Of these, an increasing proportion left for other sectors rather than retiring, suggesting working conditions are driving them out (DfE, 2017).

Furthermore, data from the latest School Workforce Census (DfE, 2019) show that drop-out rates of young graduate teachers are rising and each year’s graduates are more likely to leave the profession than the previous year’s – 85 per cent of 2017 graduates were still in the profession after one year, compared to 88 per cent of 2011 graduates.

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