Teachers in England have been given some hope in reducing their workload, thanks to new plans issued by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.
In a joint letter sent to all school leaders, the Education Secretary reiterated his commitment to clamp down on teachers’ workload.
The commitment includes:
- only asking for pupil attainment data if a school is at risk of failure, above that which is collected for national assessments, if a school is failing;
- requesting data in a school’s existing format, where possible, to avoid duplication;
- stopping the introduction of resits for year 7 pupils, which would have generated extra workload for teachers;
- providing practical tools for schools to manage pupil data more effectively, including guidance on how to log incidents of poor behaviour in a simpler way, which the report found can be very burdensome for teachers; and
- giving guidance to head teachers on how to conduct teacher appraisals and the use of pupil targets and attainment data.