Workload Reduction

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The teacher workload survey is a robust survey of working hours and perceptions of workload and other conditions. The findings show an overall reduction in reported working hours for teachers, middle and senior leaders since the 2016 survey. The reduction is largely seen in hours spent working in the evening and at weekends, including a decrease in time spent on marking, planning and other non-teaching tasks.

While this is good news, we recognise that there is still got a long way to go. Working hours are still high and the majority of respondents still report that workload is at least a fairly serious problem in their school. We need to go further to improve the experience of teachers and build on the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy we launched earlier this year.

Therefore, in addition to publishing the results of the Teacher Workload Survey, the DfE has announced several additional measures to improve teacher retention. These include:

  • - Announcing a significant step towards early roll-out of the Early Career Frameworkprogramme in Bradford, Doncaster, the North East and Greater Manchester, from September 2020 - the appointment of providers who will be working with multiple local partners and sub-contractors to deliver fully funded support packages for new teachers and mentors. 
  • - Updating the school workload reduction toolkit, which contains practical materials for schools to tackle teacher workload, to make it easier to use, with better navigation and simpler, reduced text, and issuing a short video to accompany this;
  • - Launching a new opportunity for schools and colleges to participate in the EdTech Innovation Testbed, helping to identify digital tools that can reduce teacher workload as well as trialling ‘best-in-class’ timetabling software to facilitate flexible working; 
  • - Launching an expressions of interest process for schools and colleges to apply to become EdTech Demonstrators– providing peer-to-peer support on the use of technology, including for tackling teacher workload, supported by a third party Delivery Partner (see contracts finder for further information)
  • - Announcing an extension of nine Curriculum Fund pilots for up to an additional two terms, after initial research showed almost half of teachers said that their workload had decreased, saving teachers time from creating schemes and lesson plans from scratch;
  • - Publishing flexible working resources, including case studies to provide practical support for schools in implementing further flexible working for teachers and leaders, including a case study video.

School Improvement (SI) training for NLGs

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Following a competitive process we made available to all NLGs, we have appointed Ruth Murton of Leadershipwise Ltd to create and deliver 3 or 4 training webinars to NLGs.  These webinars are intended to cover the governance elements of the new School Improvement Offer recently rolled out to NLEs.

Once we have the dates of the webinars agreed we’ll share them with you, but currently expect them to be around the middle of November.  It would be really helpful if you could encourage all NLGs to sign-up for these sessions.  We’ll also share attendance data with you afterwards so you know which NLGs have attended the briefings which may help when brokering NLGs. If you have any queries please email the NLG mailbox –

West Somerset Research School Newsletter - October 19

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Welcome to our first newsletter of the 2019-20 academic year.  We hope you had a good summer break and that the new school year has started well.

Here at your local Research School, we've already been busy meeting and talking to teachers and school leaders from across the region.  Thanks go to Katherine Lady Berkeley School in Gloucestershire, St Bede's Catholic College in Bristol and The Acorn Educational Trust in Wiltshire for inviting us to speak about the expanding Research Schools Network.  We've worked with NLEs from across the South West in Taunton and SLE's from all over Bristol also benefited from hearing from Lorwyn Randall, (new EEF South West Regional Lead) about 'evidence-informed school improvement'.

Click here to read more about recent research headlines alongside the upcoming training and events in your region.  There's certainly plenty going on and more details will follow soon.  Do get in touch if you'd like to find out more.



System Leader Training

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System Leader training is now available to book:

Training available:

  • Pupil Premium Reviewer Training
  • External Reviewer of Governance Training
  • SEND Training

For further details and to book your place please click here.