We are losing far too many good teachers. An exhausted, dispirited teacher is not what children or parents want or deserve.
The previous Government’s workload challenge consultation ignored the high stakes system of accountability driving unnecessary workload for teachers and school leaders.
The NUT also works to ensure that Government appraisal policies do not negatively impact on education or the working conditions of teachers. Working with other unions, policies have been drawn up to counter the worst excesses.
Unsustainable workload is a big issue for teachers. It’s one that the NUT has been campaigning hard on but there is still more to do. Read on to find out more.
Teachers’ working time and duties guide – 2014
This guide summarises the entitlements of teachers under the STPCD, their rights under regulation and legislation and the NUT’s policies and advice on workload and working hours.Teachers who are employed by a local authority or by the governing body of a foundation, or voluntary aided school are covered by STPCD conditions. Many teachers working in Academies will be too, though this is not automatic in all cases
Click here to download summary guidance on teachers working time and duties
Click here to download detailed guidance on Teachers Working Time and Duties
Click here to download the Sixth Form Colleges Teachers’ workload and working time guidance.
Marking which leads to excessive workload
Marking is a professional activity which should be undertaken in accordance with teachers’ knowledge and expertise. The NUT’s campaigning on this issue is beginning to see success, with new Ofsted guidance on marking requirements. The Ofsted clarification document, published following NUT pressure, is clear that triple marking or any scheme that requires excessive written feedback between teacher and student is not needed or sought by Ofsted. Marking is a professional matter and should be in the hands of teachers. See NUT guidance on reasonable marking arrangements for members.
What you can do
NUT school and college groups in England and Wales can use our programme of Action Short of Strike Action (ASOS) to refuse to comply with unreasonable marking policies.
If marking policy is a problem in your workplace, ask your NUT rep to call a meeting to discuss it. Have a look at the NUT guidance on reasonable marking arrangements. Take your proposed changes to the head teacher/principal. If the issue remains unresolved, NUT school and college groups can refuse to comply with marking policies which generate excessive and unnecessary workload.
You can rely both on our ASOS instructions and on firm support from your Union.
The last Government’s response to its workload challenge ignored the central point about reforming the high stakes system of accountability which is driving unnecessary workload for teachers and school leaders.
The NUT published an Eight Steps programme showing the Government how to reduce excessive teacher workload quickly, at little or no cost, in England and Wales.
NUT strike action forced the publication of the workload statistics which had been collected more than a year earlier by the Government. It also forced the Government to produce guidance for head teachers about the evidence demands they place on teachers and on equalities issues in pay determination.