The TES is reporting that Nicky Morgan has said schools should stop being “defeatist” when it comes to tackling teachers’ heavy workload, particularly on the subject of excessive marking.
The education secretary made her comments this morning as she announced the creation of three new working groups, including teachers, from September to help schools combat the profession’s long hours.
In a speech at a Teach First conference in Leeds, Ms Morgan said the groups would concentrate on reducing the burden associated with marking, lesson planning and resources, and data management…
“Why be so defeatist about it? Why be so accepting?” Ms Morgan said. “There are some schools that do manage the process. That is why I particularly want to look at marking, and one of the things that has come up is ‘deep marking’.
“There are ways of schools are managing workload issues, so why don’t we all look at what we are doing? Rather than just accepting that is what goes with teaching. That is like saying online trolling goes with being a member of Parliament. No, it is unacceptable [and] I will call it out.”
Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL, welcomed the government’s recognition of teacher workload as an issue, but accused Ms Morgan of being “insulting” and “selective” about the causes…
Read Nicky Morgan’s speech in full at: Nicky Morgan speaks about the inspirational impact of Teach First
Do you welcome the move from Nicky Morgan to set up these working groups to help combat workloads, including a role for teachers?
And what of the comments suggesting, effectively, that schools should try harder to find solutions?
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