Schools told to cut down data collection burden for teachers

In a bid to crackdown on needless data workload in schools, the Department for Education and Ofsted have told headteachers to have fewer data collection points across the year and to scrap onerous behaviour logging practices. Pete Henshaw takes a look

Schools should not have more than two or three data collection points across the academic year, both the education secretary and Ofsted chief have agreed.

Damian Hinds and Amanda Spielman have written to school leaders across England advising them to cut down on the amount of data collection teachers are asked to undertake.

It follows the publication of a report by the government’s Workload Advisory Group focused on data collection and use in schools.

Making Data Work makes a series of recommendations for the Department for Education (DfE), Ofsted and school leaders. Both the DfE and Ofsted have accepted all the recommendations in full.

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