New workload research finds a third of teachers spend more time recording, monitoring and analysing data than they do preparing for their lessons. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Teachers are spending an average of six hours and 48 minutes testing and assessing students every week – the equivalent of 44 school days across the year.

The finding comes in new research, which has revealed that 30 per cent of teachers still spend more time recording, analysing and monitoring data than they do preparing lessons.

The study, involving more than 800 teachers, finds that four in 10 do not think their school takes issues of workload seriously. Many teachers do not believe that their schools act on Department for Education (DfE) workload advice, either.

The research report – entitled Crunched by numbers – found that seven in 10 teachers said they are asked to submit assessment data once a term. However, one in five have to submit data at least once a month and a small number said their schools demanded data submissions every week.

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