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…”
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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