Workload: NASUWT instructs members in England to work to rule

Members of the NASUWT are being asked to work to rule from Monday (September 18) and will refuse “inappropriately directed duties”, including mocksteds, as part of the union’s on-going industrial action campaign.

The industrial action covers NASUWT members working in England and the union has published instructions and guidance for those taking part, including a list of numerous activities it wants members to refuse.

It is part of the union's campaign for a national contractual limit on teachers’ working time which it says is vital in order to tackle stress and burn-out within the profession.

From Monday, NASUWT members are being instructed to:

According to the government’s own figures, teachers are working 51.9 hours a week on average (Adams et al, 2023) while the NASUWT says its own research puts the figure at 54 hours a week, with 13 of these hours taking place outside of the standard school day.

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