"Workload, risk and the culture of blame that surrounds school leadership make for a toxic fog that must be dispelled.”
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.
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?
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.
When we ask middle leaders what the single biggest challenge they face is, the answer is nearly always unanimous: time.
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.
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.”
The Department for Education has commissioned CFE Research and the Institute of Employment Relations at Warwick to carry out the 2016 teacher workload survey.
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.
The Department for Education (DfE) has announced (on 2 October 2015) the members of its three new Workload Challenge Review Groups.
In March 2015, Ofsted published updated guidance on the marking practices it expects to see when carrying out inspections in schools.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
NAHT Edge encourages every teacher with a leadership role in school to give their unique and varied perspectives on this important issue.
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
All teachers, including leadership group members with a teaching commitment, have a statutory entitlement to PPA time.
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.
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As every teacher will tell you, the start of a new school year brings with it a tangible sense of new beginnings.
Newly appointed middle leaders could benefit from some tailored training in their new roles, according to a new research project.
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