Voice comments on Teacher Workload Survey 2016

Date: 24.02.17
DfE survey findings (England)


24 February 2017

Voice comments on Teacher Workload Survey 2016

Commenting on the survey, Voice General Secretary Deborah Lawson said: 

“The responses in the survey speak for themselves. It is clearly unacceptable when 93% of respondents state that workload is a fairly serious problem and 52% cite workload as a very serious problem, and when average working hours appear to be 57 hours, 19 of which are outside school. 

“Despite the commitments made by the Government as part of it Workload Challenge, it has much more to do to address the causes of excessive teacher workload, including the accountability and inspection regime, frequent changes to the curriculum and assessment, staff shortages, funding pressures, lack of planning and preparation time in the school day, and time-consuming marking. 

“Schools need the capacity to act on the findings of the Workload Challenge Review Groups that the unions worked on.”

Further information

Teacher Workload Survey 2016 (DfE)

Reducing Teacher Workload poster:





Voice Press Office
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General Secretary Deborah Lawson
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Tel: 01332 372337