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Three tips to reduce teacher workload

The battle to reduce workload in school continues. Imogen Rowley offers advice to reduce workload across three key areas

Funding cuts, changes to the curriculum and increased accountability are all contributing to excessive workloads in schools.

As a result, teachers are being squeezed tighter and pushed further every day, but there are things that can be done to ease that pressure. And it’s not just teachers – headteachers, school business managers (SBMs) and admin and support staff are all drowning in work, but are too-often forgotten in the workload debate. So below are three things you can try to help ease workload for everyone in your school.

Ofsted has warned against an over-dependence on data to assess pupil performance (because it’s not always reliable), yet many SBMs and teachers across the country invest significant chunks of time in tracking every move their pupils make. It is hard to avoid, especially under the current accountability system, but there are ways to make smarter data decisions

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