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Workload Challenge: 50,000 teachers expected to respond as closing date approaches

Around 10 per cent of all teachers in England are expected to have responded by the closing date to a government survey on how ministers can reduce their workload.

Over 50,000 teachers will have taken part in the Workload Challenge by the time the survey ends on Friday. The online review called on staff to offer insights into their weekly burden of work and to suggest ways to cut paperwork.

So far, teachers have called for clearer Ofsted guidance on inspections, a reduction in data collection on students and more realistic expectations on marking. Teachers also called for more time to be allocated for planning, preparation and assessment and fewer and shorter meetings.

The survey was launched in late October by education secretary Nicky Morgan and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.

Since then, officials have been inundated with responses by teachers eager to reveal how hard their working weeks have become. 

In responding to the early ideas put forward, Ms Morgan said her department was already addressing the “misconceptions” that had added to teachers’ workload, such as Ofsted’s recent myth-busting document on inspection requirements. 

She said she would consider the results of the survey along with schools minister David Laws and a new panel made up of teachers and school leaders. A plan of action will be published in the new year, she said.

The survey closes on Friday 21 November. Take part in the Workload Challenge here 

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Nicky Morgan: ‘I want to build a new deal for teacher workload – and I need your help’ - October 2014

Teacher survey will reveal 'shocking' workload, union predicts - February 2014

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