New workload reduction toolkit

DfE launches toolkit to help school leaders and teachers review and reduce workload, supported by Voice  and the other unions.

By Richard Fraser, Editor

The Education Secretary has launched new online resources for teachers to reduce time spent on 'unnecessary' tasks and support to focus on teaching.

Developed with leading teachers, school leaders and technology experts the online toolkit provides:

  • advice and workshops on the most burdensome tasks such as pupil feedback and marking, planning and resources, and data management;
  • ready-made tools to help schools quickly implement new policies, and cut down on time-consuming tasks such as email communication; and
  • a series of case studies to share knowledge of how schools across the country have used technology to streamline processes.

"The Department for Education (DfE) has worked with leaders and teachers to design a toolkit to help you assess workload issues in your schools. Ofsted, the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) the NAHT, NASUWT, the National Education Union (NEU) and Voice continue to engage with us to reduce workload in schools and we have consulted them throughout the development of this work.

"This is part of the department’s action to support schools in reducing workload and to address the drivers of excessive workload at a national level."

Further information

Click here for the online resources.

Interview in The Guardian with the Secretary of State for Education where he talks about the toolkit.

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