We need concerted action on teacher workload

Coming out of the pandemic, the number of teachers thinking about quitting is deeply worrying. Deborah Lawson says the time is now for concerted action on workload and wellbeing. She suggests how…

As we come out of the pandemic, one message has sounded loud and clear: “Be kind.”

As Ofsted inspections resume, the government introduces new primary assessments, and we again prepare for exams, you could be forgiven for thinking that nothing has changed – but maybe there is hope on the horizon and there are things we can learn from the past.

In March, Voice Community surveyed its members to understand more about their experiences during the pandemic and their hopes and fears for the future.

It came as no surprise to confirm that morale is low, and recruitment and retention poor; 22 per cent said they planned to leave education within the next three years, and it is mostly because of workload and the pressures of the role.

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