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Workload proves a bigger challenge than expected

Why have heads failed to act on recommendations from the Workload Challenge?

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When three independent reports on reducing workload were published in March last year as part of the government’s Workload Challenge, there were high hopes they would improve the lot of overburdened teachers.

Nicky Morgan, the education secretary at the time, said that she hoped the reports on planning, marking and data management would “make a difference to the lives of teachers”. The documents were also welcomed by the education unions, which were represented on the groups that wrote them.

However, 16 months later, we have now learned that, in a Department for Education-commissioned survey, ...

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