Morgan: Ban emails after 5pm to help teachers cope with workload

The Telegraph is reporting that Nicky Morgan has suggested teachers should not be expected to answer emails or spend hours marking schoolwork after 5 pm each day.

Nicky Morgan said teachers were spending too much time marking or writing up lessons plans instead of focusing on teaching…

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, she added: “De Lisle [College] in my constituency [in Loughborough] one of the thing was about not sending emails after working hours because it is quite stressful if you’re at home or at the weekend and you’ve got people sending off emails…”

She has also come across evidence in other schools tackling workload issues.

She said: “In Essex [a school] has all the lesson plans online so that teachers across could share lesson plans. It is about trying to avoid duplication and giving teachers time to do what they feel passionate about.”

Mrs Morgan, who has received more than 44,000 responses from teachers saying they were working too many hours, said marking was another big issue for teachers.

She said: “Marking is a big issue and we need to get to the bottom of it so students are getting effective feedback but teachers are not spending so long marking that they can’t do the bit of the job they are doing…”

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In the full article Nicky Morgan also challenges some of the warnings over recruitment and retention.

How do react to these comments from Nicky Morgan?

Is she right to suggest schools can get the balance right?

And if she is determined to ‘get to the bottom’ of the marking issue, what will she need to do?

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  1. And when does Morgan suggest teachers do their marking if they don’t do it after 5pm?  A full teaching load leaves no room for marking and it takes a lot more than 1 1/2 hours (3.30-5pm) to mark work.  A secondary teacher can meet at least 5 classes a day.
    Perhaps we could follow the Shanghai model where teachers have a great deal of non-contact time during the school day.  Funny how this suggestion hasn’t made it into the much-promoted Shanghai maths.

  2. TW

    Is she actually concerned about when teachers receive an email or when they reply to it?  Some teachers seem unable to distinguish between them.

  3. LG1

    Teachers will have to get up very early if they only have until 5pm to clear their workload. However, most teachers accept this and catch up with other parts of life in the holidays.

  4. MrBlachford

    SchoolsImprove the root cause of the problem is the undefined time required to complete tasks after teaching stops.

  5. MrBlachford

    SchoolsImprove email is modelled on the old paper mail where it mattered not when a letter was posted. Same for electronic sending.

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