Silly Concepts: A Teacher’s Workload Check-Up

@TeacherToolkitIn 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the ‘most followed teacher on social media in the UK’. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the ‘500 Most Influential People in Britain’ by The Sunday… Read more about @TeacherToolkitWhat is your school doing to genuinely reduce teacher workload? Try this simple questionnaire…With state-school budgets at breaking point, it’s an even harder task for headteachers to reduce teacher workload if headcount is stretched. You can download the self-review document here or just tackle a set of summarised and pointed questions below.Silly Concepts: Yes or No?Do you have to attend more than 2 meetings each week?Does your line-manager allocate an opportunity for staff to complete tasks within the meeting time?Does your school have a dedicated member of support staff to help prepare resources for teacher training sessions?When completing reports or data entry, has any leader estimated the time required to complete the task (for the teacher who teaches the most pupils)?Are teachers asked to cover lessons for planned absences?Does your school centralise detentions? Does your school discourage Saturday sessions for teaching staff?Does your school allow teachers to offer verbal feedback – with no record collection/evidence?Has your school abandoned homework timetables? They rarely work, let’s face it …Does your school offer a 2-week half-term break?And finally something more abstract: If one timetabled period is worth approximately £2k per year, per teacher, how much impact (vs. value) do your staff meetings have?We all know some schools are operating under a tough set of circumstances. However, if all schools can abandon some silly workload concepts, we can start to reduce high-stakes accountability and help stop teachers leaving the profession prematurely.Get in touch if you need some support.Related

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