The government cannot do “as much as you might hope” to reduce teachers’ workload, Damian Hinds has admitted. Tes reports
The education secretary acknowledged that marking, lesson planning and data collection can take up an “inordinate amount of time” but said they could “maintain a momentum of their own”.
In March, Mr Hinds made workload the subject of his first major speech since joining the DfE.
However, at a meeting jointly hosted by Tes at the Conservative Party conference this morning he expressed his frustration at the limits to what the government can do to tackle this.
He said: “It’s one of the frustrating things in my job that I know that workload is the single biggest drag factor in the teaching profession today, and there’s not actually, it turns out, quite so much as you might hope that as the government you can do about it.”
“Lesson planning also ends up taking up an inordinate amount of time for some teachers – marking again, an inordinate amount of time – but that’s often largely to do with the marking policies of the schools.”
He said there was a growing number of heads and multi-academy trust CEOs who have said “no, we are going to stop doing this”.
He added: “Of course, it turns out that that hasn’t harmed the education of the kids at all. It’s freed up the time of the teachers to put more thought into doing teaching and learning with the kids.”
Watch the video of Damian Hinds and panelists at the education fringe meeting Hinds: DfE can’t do much to ease teachers’ workload – Video
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