Unions hit back at Nicky Morgan’s ‘delusional’ workload suggestions

The TES is reporting that teaching unions have called Nicky Morgan’s suggestion that teachers should not be expected to spend hours marking or responding to emails after 5pm “delusional”.

The education secretary suggested that schools and their staff should consider introducing policies to limit the amount of out of hours work, such as answering emails and marking.

But the teaching unions have issued furious responses, claiming her comments show a complete lack of understanding of the reasons for teachers’ excessive workloads…

The NUT’s deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said the Department for Education and the accountability system was to blame for teachers’ long hours…

“This is driving many teachers out of the profession and we now face a recruitment crisis. Nicky Morgan is naive and delusional to believe otherwise. She should address herself to the roots of the problem, which unquestionably lay at her door.”

The ATL teaching union agreed, adding that Ms Morgan had “entirely missed the point” when it comes to tackling teachers’ workloads…

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  1. Acknowledging is one thing, understanding is quite another.  Either Morgan hasn’t a clue or she’s just paying lip service to show she’s kinder than her predecessor.  Could be she’s playing good cop to his bad, bad cop.

  2. I guess the inference is that all this time after 5:00 pm is unnecessary so if you stop doing it it goes away. Nice thought. The reality is it will move to the other end of the day and teachers will be getting up at 5:00 am to do the tasks they are not required to do after 5:00pm. Still a 12 hour day though!

  3. 4C3d Or the weekend.  Or the holidays.  But, er, teachers already use much of this time for marking, preparation, report writing etc, don’t they?

  4. Janet2 I remember the 1265 hours directive and after school meetings abruptly being stopped as teachers, counting their new hours limits, getting up and going. Until somebody in the high tower that is government actually comes down and sees what the job is and stops trying to treat it like some production line with all the associated checks and working practices we are going to continue having these comical  statements.

  5. Janet2 My experience of politicians is that they are mostly well-meaning, but ignorant.  She just has no idea.
    What would be great would be for teachers to start a ‘work to (Morgan) rule’ and then tell the inspectors that they were simply following government advice.

  6. Nairb

    The DfE comment ‘ … it was “a shame” the ATL and NUT were refusing to engage with the concerns their own members raised through the Workload Challenge’ says it all. They could have gone on to say ‘We, through our wonderful minister, have engaged in a discussion and identified a problem. Now you have permission to solve it all you do is spurn our generous offer. We do not care that the problem is caused by our policies, which we refuse to discuss.’

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