For its part, the Department for Education (DfE) says it is committed to reducing working hours for teachers and schools leaders by five hours a week within the next three years.
The taskforce’s creation and a commitment to reduce workload formed part of the agreement over teachers’ pay and conditions that ended the recent strike action in schools.
Current working hours, according to the DfE-commissioned Working Lives of Teachers and Leaders research published earlier this year (Adams et al, 2023) are:
The taskforce is made up of 14 people, including representatives from the four education unions involved in the recent industrial dispute as well as teachers, school leaders and other experts.
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