No let up in long working hours and heavy workloads

Secondary school teachers are working 53.5 hours a week, while senior leaders are working 61.1 hours a week, the government’s long-awaited Teacher Workload Survey 2016 has revealed.

The findings show that lesson-planning and marking remain two of the biggest drivers of workload, with teachers spending almost 17 hours a week on these tasks.

The study, which took place in March 2016, saw 3,186 teachers responding from 245 schools across England.

Ninety-three per cent of the respondents said that workload in their school was a “fairly serious problem”, while 52 per cent said it was a “very serious problem”.

Teachers reported that the most time was spent on lesson-planning and preparation – 8.8 hours a week – followed by marking – 8.1 hours a week. Other notable workload drivers included general administrative work (4.1 hours a week), engaging in extra-curricular activities (2.9 hours a week), and pupil supervision and tuition (3.8 hours a week).

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