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Workload increasing for Independent school staff.

Workload increasing for Independent school staff.

Independent school staff are having to give up an increasing amount of their free time to manage heavy workloads, and to deal with queries from parents, according to a survey by the National Education Union (NEU).

The survey of over 1,000 teachers and leaders in independent schools found 70% (69.1%) said their workload has increased over the past year.

Almost a third (29.2%) said that they are expected to respond immediately when they are contacted by a parent out of school.

Forty-five per cent of respondents said their school does not have a policy in place to deal with parental contact out-of-hours, meaning that many are expected to respond to emails and texts from parents during evenings and weekends.

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