The Department for Education (DfE) launched the workload challenge in October 2014, starting with a month long survey asking for teachers’ views on how to reduce unnecessary workload. GOV.UK lists the various actions and initiatives that have been undertaken since the workload challenge was launched. The list includes the following reports published this week:
Workload challenge research projects: overall summary - this report provides an overview of the findings from 12 school led research projects investigating approaches to reducing unnecessary workload related to marking, planning and data management
Exploring teacher workload: qualitative research - this study reports on in depth interviews with classroom teachers and school leaders exploring the factors associated with longer working hours, how teachers perceive their workload and how schools are seeking to address these issues
Factors affecting teacher retention: qualitative investigation - this research consisted of qualitative interviews with former teachers to explore and improve understanding of their reasons for leaving teaching
Separately, Teach First has published a report this week which found that, despite half being interested in progressing to leadership, the majority of classroom teachers have spent no more than a few hours developing their leadership skills in the past year. Teach First suggests that a whole-school approach to leadership development could improve staff retention.