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SCHOOLS EXPLORE SOLUTIONS TO TACKLE WORKLOAD

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Schools standards minister Stephen Timms announced today the names ...
Schools standards minister Stephen Timms announced today the names

of 32 schools that will explore new ways of working to tackle

workload, in order to free teachers to teach and raise standards in

the classroom.

The schools which are participating in the partnership project with

government, cover a broad cross-section of primary, secondary and

special schools from around the country. Some have experience in

remodelling their school workforce to free up teachers while others

will be starting from scratch. All will receive advice and support

to identify and put into practice new and innovative ways of working.

Mr Timms said:

'We are committed to tackling teacher workload because we want

teachers to focus on what they do best - teaching.

'The next phase of raising standards will require more individualised

approaches to pupils' learning. We must free teachers from tasks

that others could do and also help them through ICT. We must remodel

the school workforce, to explore more thoroughly the contributions

that can be made by teaching assistants, bursars and clerical staff,

technicians and ancillary staff.

'We know that many schools already have in place elements of good

practice in managing workload to help raise standards, using existing

resources. We will continue to engage in constructive debate to find

the best ways to give teachers more time in the working week to plan

high quality lessons.'

Each of the schools will benefit from the support of a school

workforce adviser team led by Pat Collarbone of the London Leadership

Centre, part of the University of London.

The schools will receive a package of support to tackle workload

issues that will include:

- a laptop for every teacher, Internet access and ICT support.

Computers will be networked across the school to enable teachers to

share lesson plans effectively;

- additional teaching assistants, bursarial staff and

administrative support staff to free teachers and school leaders to

focus on their professional responsibilities;

- extra training to prepare the support staff and bursars for

their new role, ensure all staff can use the new ICT resources

effectively and help the head teachers make changes in their

schools;

- increased time for teachers to free them up for lesson

planning, marking, professional development and school planning

activities.

- All schools across the country will benefit from the experiences of

these 32 schools which will share their experiences of good

practice. The project will commence in September 2002 and run for

one academic year.

NOTES

This Press Notice applies to England.

1. The 32 schools (and their Local Education Authorities) are:

Abbey Hill School, Stockton-on-Tees

Albany School, Enfield

Bishops Castle Primary School, Shropshire

Bovingdon Primary School, Hertfordshire

Bramford Primary School, Dudley

Brunswick House Primary School,Kent

Burlington Danes Church of England (CofE) School,

Hammersmith and Fulham

Campion Catholic High School, Liverpool

Cirencester Deer Park School, Gloucs.

Compton All Saints CofE Primary School, Hampshire

Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire

David Lister School, Kingston upon Hull

Dunraven School, Lambeth

Etone Community School, Warwickshire

Forest Hall Primary School, North Tyneside

Grinling Gibbons Primary School, Lewisham

Hope CofE Primary School,Shropshire

Horton Lodge School, Staffordshire

Hoylandswaine Primary School, Barnsley

Icknield College, Oxfordshire

Langley Junior School, Plymouth

Lydbury North CofE Primary School, Shropshire

Marlborough Road Primary School, Salford

Montagu School, Northamptonshire

Newcastle CofE Primary School, Shropshire

Newton Farm Nursery, First and Middle School, Harrow

Philip Morant School and College, Essex

Phoenix School, Tower Hamlets

Prince Albert Junior and Infant School, Birmingham

St Anthony's School, West Sussex

The Radclyffe School, Oldham

The Winston Churchill School, Surrey

2. The Education White Paper 'Schools: Achieving Success', published

5 September 2001, made it clear that the Government would design

pilots to investigate ways to reduce workload, drawing from the

findings of the pricewaterhousecooper Teacher Workload Study. The

study found that teachers spend up to 20% of their time on routine

administrative tasks and non-teaching contact time.

3. A new working party, comprising representatives from the teacher,

headteacher and support staff unions, employers and national bodies,

has been established to help with school workforce remodelling. It

builds on the work of the independent Teacher Workload Study by

pricewaterhousecoopers and will take forward the issues set out in

Estelle Morris's Social Market Foundation pamphlet published in

November 2001. It covers a wide brief relating to the school

workforce, including the development of new career structures and

ladders for school support staff with the aim of helping to raise

standards. The secretary of state will take account of the working

party's discussions in developing further policies and in taking

decisions about where to focus resources.

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