Reducing Teacher Workload


The Dfe has recently published a toolkit to provide practical advice and guidance to support schools and academies in addressing the issue of teacher workload.

The toolkit has been developed in conjunction with school leaders, teacher training providers and unions.  There are 3 elements to the toolkit;

  • a self-review tool to help schools to identify current workload practices and concerns 
  • guidance, training materials and practical tools to help address workload concerns in key areas such as communications, planning, marking and data
  • action planning and evaluation toolkit to help schools track and assess the impact of any workload initiatives

There is also specific advice for school leaders about supporting teachers in the early stages of their career as this has been identified as a particular pressure point for workload.

Case studies complement the toolkit to provide practical examples of initiatives schools have taken to address specific workload issues.

Whilst there is no obligation for schools to use this toolkit or take any specific actions to address workload – the resources provide a useful way of starting a conversation between school leaders, governors and staff about this important issue.

The toolkit can be accessed here.