Excessive workload damaging the teaching profession

Excessive workload damaging the teaching profession

James Bowen comments on DfE teacher workload survey 2016

"Workload, risk and the culture of blame that surrounds school leadership make for a toxic fog that must be dispelled.”

24 February 2017/Number of views (2400)/Comments (0)/
Managing your time

Managing your time

Guest blogger James Ashmore looks at the conflict between a middle leader's personal and professional life

You may feel that your work/life balance is seriously out of kilter and that moving into middle leadership has done nothing to redress this, in fact it’s made it worse.

06 December 2016/Number of views (3725)/Comments (0)/
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Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Recruitment, retention and middle leaders

Why are schools finding that there is a shortage of middle leaders?

In the short term a dedicated middle leader can make sacrifices, willing to take on more because they are not only ambitious for themselves but committed to high quality education for pupils within their school. But is this sustainable asks Lara Ginn? 

21 November 2016/Number of views (4276)/Comments (0)/
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Teacher Workload: The Elephant in the Room?

Teacher Workload: The Elephant in the Room?

A personal perspective from Lara Ginn

Teacher workload is among one of the greatest issues schools face nowadays. Over recent years this has become a source of wide scale discussion within the profession and in the media. The government has, through recent independent reviews, endeavoured to identify some of the primary factors causing the heavy workload faced by teaching staff and means by which all stakeholders can redress this.

16 November 2016/Number of views (3972)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Blogs
NAHT Edge takes on the workload challenge

NAHT Edge takes on the workload challenge

Middle leaders juggle both classroom and leadership responsibilities

When we ask middle leaders what the single biggest challenge they face is, the answer is nearly always unanimous: time.

20 September 2016/Number of views (3364)/Comments (0)/
Recruitment and retention strategies

Recruitment and retention strategies

This advice concentrates on creative strategies to recruit and retain staff. However, it also includes a legislation and useful advice section.

Schools in all phases of education are finding the recruitment and retention of teachers and leaders to be problematic. Our latest guidance provides schools with creative strategies to keep hold of their most important asset: their staff. 

20 May 2016/Number of views (5083)/Comments (0)/
Education Secretary accepts experts’ recommendations on the Workload Challenge, but says the profession needs to take responsibility too

Education Secretary accepts experts’ recommendations on the Workload Challenge, but says the profession needs to take responsibility too

New reports are a step in the right direction, but should go further, says NAHT

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has pledged further support “to free up teachers’ time by stamping out the unnecessary tasks and red tape impacting the profession.”

30 March 2016/Number of views (6111)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
Teacher workload survey

Teacher workload survey

Large scale survey to track teacher workload

The Department for Education has commissioned CFE Research and the Institute of Employment Relations at Warwick to carry out the 2016 teacher workload survey.

26 January 2016/Number of views (4558)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 45)

NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 45)

Weekly newsletter round-up from NAHT Edge

In this issue of your news round-up we look at the latest guidance on what to do if you want to appeal your pay decision, how plans to extend the early years entitlement are underfunded and government’s new working groups to address three of the biggest concerns raised by teachers during last year’s Workload Challenge survey.

20 October 2015/Number of views (4657)/Comments (0)/
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Members of the Workload Challenge Review Groups are named

Members of the Workload Challenge Review Groups are named

Exploring ways to reduce teachers’ unnecessary workload

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced (on 2 October 2015) the members of its three new Workload Challenge Review Groups.

16 October 2015/Number of views (6489)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Employment
Ofsted inspections: clarification for schools

Ofsted inspections: clarification for schools

Marking and feedback should be in line with the school’s assessment policy

In March 2015, Ofsted published updated guidance on the marking practices it expects to see when carrying out inspections in schools.

05 May 2015/Number of views (9858)/Comments (0)/
Workload challenge – examples of what’s working well in schools

Workload challenge – examples of what’s working well in schools

These relate to some of the key concerns raised by teachers in the survey.

Following the workload challenge, the DfE is sharing a number of case studies on what’s working well in different schools. These relate to some of the key concerns raised by teachers in the survey.

20 April 2015/Number of views (8843)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Classroom
NAHT and NAHT Edge say more substantial commitments on planning and notice are necessary

NAHT and NAHT Edge say more substantial commitments on planning and notice are necessary

“The government has engaged with the profession here, but it has not done enough to acknowledge the additional workload created by Ofsted or to set out any solutions," said Louis Coiffait.

23 March 2015/Number of views (7949)/Comments (0)/
NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 15)

NAHT Edge newsletter (issue 15)

Weekly newsletter round-up from NAHT Edge

In this issue we look at a free online course, led by Emeritus Professor Dylan Wiliam and Dr Christine Harrison, to help STEM teachers undertake assessment for learning; the ‘Prevent’ programme and how it links to developing British values in schools; and much more.

27 February 2015/Number of views (4899)/Comments (0)/
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Workload Challenge results should not exclude the needs of middle leaders

Workload Challenge results should not exclude the needs of middle leaders

The Department for Education's Workload Challenge

“To government we would say this: keep listening to the profession. There are hard-working innovators everywhere. The lasting solutions to the problems in education are to be found in outstanding schools. Make teachers the champions of change,” said Louis Coiffait.

06 February 2015/Number of views (7198)/Comments (0)/
Final opportunity for teachers to share their workload challenges

Final opportunity for teachers to share their workload challenges

Nicky Morgan's 'workload challenge' concludes on Friday

NAHT Edge encourages every teacher with a leadership role in school to give their unique and varied perspectives on this important issue.

20 November 2014/Number of views (5307)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Management
A welcome for  the government’s “Workload Challenge”

A welcome for the government’s “Workload Challenge”

Plans aimed at helping teachers spend less time on paperwork and more time in the classroom.

Today, the Deputy Prime Minister will announce new plans aimed at helping teachers spend less time on paperwork and more time in the classroom.
21 October 2014/Number of views (7249)/Comments (0)/
Categories: News Classroom
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Working time, workload and work-life balance

Working time, workload and work-life balance

School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document

The STPCD sets out a statutory requirement that governing bodies and head teachers, in carrying out their duties, must have regard to the need for teachers to  achieve a satisfactory balance between the time required to discharge their professional duties and the time required to pursue their personal interests outside work

27 August 2014/Number of views (8204)/Comments (0)/
Planning, preparation and assessment time

Planning, preparation and assessment time

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document 2014

All teachers, including leadership group members with a teaching commitment, have a statutory entitlement to PPA time.

26 August 2014/Number of views (8033)/Comments (0)/
Professional responsibilities of assistant head teachers

Professional responsibilities of assistant head teachers

School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document

This advice sets out the statutory professional responsibilities of assistant head teachers (AH) and covers issues around job descriptions, job weighting and the extent to which an AH can be required to teach.

18 August 2014/Number of views (5707)/Comments (0)/
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How praise can lead to self-doubt – and what to do about it

It feels great to be told we are brilliant, and it makes us more successful.

Jackie Beere

The year ahead

As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.

James Bowen

New middle leaders: what issues do they face and what training would help?

Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.

Susan Young