ASCL comment on teacher workload survey

11/10/2019
Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders comments on the teacher workload survey.
 
Commenting on the teacher workload survey, Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said:

The teacher workload survey shows encouraging signs of a reduction in workload, but there is clearly much more to do. Teachers are still working about 50 hours a week, and senior leaders 55 hours a week. Such high levels of workload leave individuals feeling burnt out, demoralised and inclined to quit. 

“The result is that we are losing far too many teachers from the profession with around one third leaving within five years of qualifying. This is a major factor in the teacher shortages being experienced in schools around the country. 

It is clear from the survey that many schools are making efforts to reduce workload. But we also need more action from the government particularly in reducing the crushing weight of the accountability system and improving funding so that resources are less stretched. 

The government’s recent announcements about increased investment in education do not go far enough and none of the additional spending reaches schools until next year.”