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Will reducing workload retain teachers?

Will reducing workload retain teachers?

It seems almost impossible at present to discuss any aspect of the teaching profession without the topic of workload being raised – and rightly so. The latest Department for Education workload survey found that classroom teachers and middle leaders work 54.4 hours a week on average, with senior leaders averaging 60 hours, and workload is widely recognised as the major cause of teachers leaving their roles.

In her Caroline Benn memorial lecture last week, Dr Rebecca Allen, director of Education Datalab, looked at how a number of factors – including approaches to accountability and a culture of “keeping up with the Joneses” – may have contributed to substantial increases of teacher workload. 

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