Coronavirus: Stop staff performance checks, urge unions

Teachers' leaders have called for schools to end scrutiny of staff performance during the coronavirus outbreak after some reported being 'shocked' by demands to submit recorded lessons

Catherine Lough

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Schools should not be monitoring staff "performance" during the coronavirus outbreak, teachers' leaders have said.

A joint statement released by the NEU teaching union and and the ASCL and NAHT school leaders’ unions aimed at protecting members working through the pandemic, says: "Schools should not be formally monitoring staff ‘performance’ during this period."

The news after some schools' scrutiny measures since schools closed this week have come under question from teachers and education experts.


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Teacher Ben Newmark described how he was shocked to find some schools monitoring online learning uploaded by staff after "two days".

And Dr Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU teaching union, described "surveillance and control in a time of crisis" as "nonsense" in response to reports that some teachers were being asked to audio record lessons delivered online so that they could be inspected by senior management.

And Vic Goddard, co-principal of Passmores Academy in Harlow, Essex, said reports of staff needing to log activities completed with their employers sounded like "a gloriously untrusting waste of time".

The government behaviour tsar Tom Bennett has also urged schools asking teachers to send in a detailed summary of their work to "rethink this", adding that schools needed to be mindful of teacher stress in this "brave new world" and think about what accountability measures are for.

 

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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

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