Taskforce targets five-hour teacher workload reduction in next three years

Despite the launch of a new workload taskforce, school leaders say they remain “sceptical” about whether there is a genuine will in government to take the steps that are required to produce systemic change.

For its part, the Department for Education (DfE) says it is committed to reducing working hours for teachers and schools leaders by five hours a week within the next three years.

The taskforce’s creation and a commitment to reduce workload formed part of the agreement over teachers’ pay and conditions that ended the recent strike action in schools.

Current working hours, according to the DfE-commissioned Working Lives of Teachers and Leaders research published earlier this year (Adams et al, 2023) are:

The taskforce is made up of 14 people, including representatives from the four education unions involved in the recent industrial dispute as well as teachers, school leaders and other experts.

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