ASCL comment on UCL teacher workload study

18/09/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), comments on the UCL study on teacher workload
 
Commenting on the UCL study on teacher workload, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), said:

“Excessive teacher workload is a persistent problem because governments constantly raise the bar on what they expect schools to do. Various initiatives have been launched to reduce workload in recent years but schools have been swamped by changes to qualifications and testing, relentless pressure on performance and results, and funding cuts which have led to reductions in staffing and larger class sizes.

“To his credit the previous Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, called a pause to further reforms, removed some of the government’s most onerous performance measures, and publicly joined with Ofsted and ASCL to tackle teacher workload.

“However, there is still a long way to go, and the most pressing issue is to reverse the cuts which have placed so much additional pressure on schools. The government has promised to increase the schools budget by £7.1bn by 2022/23, but none of this additional money reaches schools until next year, and it will not be enough to undo the damage that has been done.”