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Schools offered money to reduce teacher workload

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Up to £30,000 funding is available to schools who want to research ways to tackle teacher workload.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is offering grants for groups of schools who are interested in carrying out research into the most effective ways to reduce workload.

The research projects will look at the most efficient approaches to marking, planning and resources, and data management – the three areas identified by the government’s Workload Challenge.

Earlier this year, the government published three independent reports into workload which made a series of recommendations.

The aim is that the funding will raise the profile of these reports and allow schools to develop long-term solutions for managing teacher workload.

It is hoped that schools, which develop tools and processes, will be able to secure accreditation to show they're working actively to keep workload at a manageable level.

Only schools that have been graded outstanding or good for overall effectiveness by Ofsted, and who can demonstrate evidence of managing collaborative research projects, will be able to apply. 

The applications for school-led research funding close on Wednesday 9 November.

Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said: "Any money for helping schools get together and tackle workload is going to be useful." 

Ms Ellis, who was a member of one of the workload review groups, added: "Although it's a good thing, the government also has to think about everything else they are throwing at schools that increases workload."

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