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A new idea for marking? We’ve got a live one…

More schools should ditch the current workload-heavy approach and instead adopt a new system that enables teachers to give real-time feedback in class and target those pupils who need the most prompting, argues Mark Roberts

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Here are some simple statements about the current state of teacher workload:

* Most teachers work too many hours – 54 per week, on average, according to a recent DfE workload survey.

* A lot of these hours come in the form of unpaid overtime, usually spent marking books at home.

* The vast majority of teachers see workload as a “fairly serious problem”.

These facts are incontrovertible. So why do we, as school leaders, as classroom teachers, as parents of pupils taught by worn-out teachers, allow this to keep happening?

Ofsted deserves its allocation of finger-pointing in the workload ...

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