Watch: Nick Gibb tells you how to cut workload

The Department for Education has today launched a series of online resources designed to help cut workload in schools. Tes reports

They include a video about planning featuring schools minister Nick Gibb and Mary Bousted and Kevin Courtney, the joint general secretaries of the NEU teaching union.

It says that individual lesson planning is not required by the DfE or Ofsted.

The publication of the toolkit follows the pledge by education secretary Damian Hinds to headteachers in March to “strip away” pointless tasks to allow teachers to “focus on what actually matters”.

Today, he said teachers don’t choose to teach because they “want to do endless hours of data entry or deep marking”.

Liz Whetham, headteacher at Holy Trinity Primary School in Halifax, worked on toolkit development.

She said: “Trialling the toolkit in my school has had a positive impact on teacher workload, feedback has been extremely positive and teachers are reporting a reduction in the pressure they feel, and number of things on their ‘to-do list’”

Lesley Birch, executive principal of Cambridge Primary Education Trust said the toolkit includes “focused opportunities to identify perceived ‘pinch points’ within a school’s yearly calendar, encouraging staff to review the impact of what they do to reduce workload and pressure”.

Read more and watch the video Watch: Nick Gibb tells you how to cut workload

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