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Teacher workload could be included in inspections.

Teacher workload could be included in inspections.

Ofsted is considering including teacher workload in its new inspection framework, a senior official has said.

The inspectorate is currently working on a new school inspection framework that is due to come into effect in September 2019.

Last month, Tes revealed that it is set to scrap its current teaching and learning grade.

Today, Heather Fearn, who is inspector curriculum and development lead at the organisation, told the ResearchED conference in London that it is discussing including workload in the new framework.

In a session about the overhaul, she was asked whether there was anything in the new framework “to promote positive workload and sustainability of integrals when retention and recruitment is the way it is”.

She replied: “It is certainly being discussed, ways in which that can be considered.

“I can’t say more than that because it’s in process, but it’s certainly in consideration.”

It came on the day that Ofsted's head of research unveiled the findings of a survey of teachers that showed high levels of stress and workload in the profession.

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