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Workload: Getting marking and data under control

High workload continues to have a negative impact on teacher wellbeing and retention. Dorothy Lepkowska speaks to education union Voice about the key challenges and how schools can reduce the marking and data burden for staff

Teaching is now one of the most stressful professions with some of the longest hours. The Teacher Workforce Dynamics report, published last term by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER), found that teachers work around 50 hours a week on average – longer than nurses and police officers.

Stress-related illnesses in the profession is rife, the study revealed, with many teachers quitting for lower paid but more satisfying roles outside the school environment.

Education union Voice is among those who have been lobbying ministers to tackle the causes of teacher dissatisfaction and stress, while also advising its members on how best to deal with the negative effects of the job and to take care of themselves.

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