On Tuesday, the National Education Union (NEU) published the results of a survey of 11,341 teachers regarding teacher workload. The NEU have argued that their findings demonstrate that the Department for Education is “still a long way off resolving the issue of workload and unnecessary monitoring in schools.”
Among respondents from primary schools, 69% stated that the volume of marking they were required to undertake was unmanageable, while 78% of respondents from secondary schools held the same opinion. On the issue of data, 66% of primary school respondents and 63% of secondary school respondents felt that the volume of data collection which they were required to undertake was again unmanageable. The survey also enquired about planning, finding that 60% of primary school respondents and 46% of secondary school respondents felt that the volume they were required to undertake was unmanageable. The triple burden of marking, data collection and planning combined to highlight the continuing heavy teacher workload. Worryingly, just a quarter of primary teachers and 18% of secondary teachers had seen a review of their school’s policy and practice on planning since new recommendations were published by the Department for Education in 2016.