MP hails plans to cut teachers' workloads

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed new plans announced by the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, to reduce teachers' workloads by cutting unnecessary red tape and bureaucratic burdens.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 9:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 9:14 am
Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP.

The plans come as a result of a Government survey into teachers’ workloads, the biggest of its kind in over a decade, which prompted 44,000 responses from teachers.

The survey has led to a review into the three main burdens on teacher’s time: marking, planning and data management.

Mrs Trevelyan, a governor at Berwick Academy, said: “As a school governor, I am acutely aware of the burden placed on teachers’ time.

“It is so important that we do all we can to lessen that burden, and I am pleased this review is as a result of teachers themselves coming up with solutions for how a culture change can be prompted both at Government level and in schools.”

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Announcing the plans to the NASUWT conference, Nicky Morgan said: “Nothing is more damaging to the (teaching) profession than wasting the passion and expertise of teachers and school leaders on unnecessary tasks.

“That’s why I’m publishing the results of the three workload review groups on marking, planning and data collection - the three biggest concerns raised by teachers through the workload challenge. These reports are a great example of the profession taking charge of their own development and I want them to make a difference to the lives of teachers. I am pleased to say I am accepting all the recommendations for government in full.”

Speaking to the teacher’s conference in Birmingham, Mrs Morgan pledged to continue to monitor the situation in the future, to ensure the review’s recommendations are fully implemented and are working to make a difference to teachers’ workloads in practice.

General secretary of school leaders’ union NAHT, Russell Hobby. said the reports included some good recommendations but warned the government must also accept responsibility for its role in teachers’ unmanageable workloads.