–Following publication of two of our UKEdChat Teacher working hours surveys, a response to the data was received by the Department of Education, who control schools and education policy within England. Similar requests were made to ministers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The Government recognises that there are many teachers across the country who devote many hours to their work, with the sole motivation of improving the life chances of our children and young people. As a result teachers can find themselves working in excess of the statutory requirement. The Government acknowledges this and places enormous value and trust in the professionalism of the teaching workforce. We are committed to supporting our teachers, reducing the bureaucratic burdens on teachers thereby enabling them to focus on what really matters in the classroom, teaching and learning. Our policies are aimed at increasing autonomy to allow teachers greater flexibility in managing their time and workload.
— General Zorg (@Simonthegolfer) October 25, 2013
@ukedchat Interesting response. Shame the Govt continually undermines our professionalism & treats us so poorly.
— Eirian Williams (@EirsP) October 25, 2013