Workload campaign in Wales publishes dos and don’ts pocket guide

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Teaching unions have welcomed a new campaign to advise teachers in Wales how to manage their workload.

Staffrooms are being issued with “do” and “don’t” guidance to help teachers when they are planning lessons, marking and assessing, and collecting data. The pocket guides and posters also clarify the school inspectorate Estyn’s expectations.

The campaign was launched jointly by the Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for education, Kirsty Williams, and the chief inspector, Meilyr Rowlands, with the support of teaching unions.

“Too often I hear how teachers feel hampered by box-ticking exercises which aren’t focused on raising standards in our classroom,” Ms Williams said.

“We need to bust some myths on what is required of teachers and be absolutely clear in our guidance.

“This new guide, developed with a range of partners, will help teachers get on with teaching so we can continue to raise standards.”

Earlier this year a National Education Workforce Survey in Wales found many teachers work 50 or more hours a week but spend last than half that time teaching.

Mr Rowlands added: “Estyn takes the issue of teacher workload very seriously and I hope that this guide will help to clarify expectations and help teachers focus their time and efforts on what is most important – teaching and learning.”

Rex Phillips, Wales national officer with the teachers’ union NASUWT, said: “There should now be no misunderstanding on what teachers should and should not do and what the Welsh inspectorate Estyn requires for school inspections.”

Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT, said: “This guidance is a first step along the road to providing teachers with the professional agency to exercise control over their workload.

She added: “This is something that has been sadly lacking in the past.”

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