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The DfE’s answer to teacher workload? Create more work

The Department for Education, in its wisdom, published its ‘toolkit’ for cutting teacher workload on the first day of the school holidays – but don’t worry, you’re not missing anything, writes Michael Tidd

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Have some sympathy for the poor folk working at the Department for Education. They’re clearly overworked and finding it hard to keep on top of their burgeoning workload. What else could explain the near endless delay to the teacher pay announcement, which finally emerged on Tuesday? Many schools broke up last Friday still not knowing whether teachers would have a pay rise in September, let alone what it might be or who would pay for it.

Perhaps, though, the department could take a leaf from its own book and set up a little workload committee so it can reduce the amount of work it does. Of ...

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