The Department for Education (DfE) in consultation with school leaders, teachers and other sector experts has designed a toolkit to help schools to address workload issues. In 2016 the DfE’s Teacher Workload Survey found that the vast majority (93%) of teachers think that teacher workload is a “fairly serious problem”. It found that the top three workload concerns are marking, planning and data. The new toolkit aims to “support schools in reducing workload and to address the drivers of excessive workload at a national level". The toolkit is split into 3 stages, supporting schools leaders to:
address the key issues that can lead to excessive workloads in areas such as communication or data management
evaluate the impact of actions taken
The tools in each stage may also be used as standalone materials. Whilst use of the toolkit is optional, those governing may wish to ask their senior executive leader if they are aware of the tools available from the DfE to help manage staff workload.