report she commissioned from the school teachers' review body (STRB)
on how standards could be raised within schools by reducing excessive
teacher workload and red tape.
The report recognises many of the secretary of state's concerns and
recommends significant changes to teachers' contracts, including
guaranteed time for preparation of high quality lessons tailored to
meet the needs of individual pupils. It also calls for continuing
professional development to be an entitlement for teachers.
Estelle Morris said:
'This report is an important step in our mission to raise standards
further. It is vital that teachers spend their time teaching, not
doing tasks that can be done by others or helped by better use of
ICT. I welcome the Report's support for this vision.
'Like parents and teachers, we want well-planned lessons that stretch
each pupil and help them to fulfil their potential. The report
recommends time during the week when teachers can plan so there can
be more individualised learning for pupils.
'I welcome the debate that can now be started about the important
principles set out in the Report.'
The report makes a number of other proposals, including targets for
reducing average teacher hours to 45 hours a week over four years. It
- time for senior school managers to manage their schools
- action by government to ensure red tape is minimised
- reforms to the arrangements for cover for absent teachers, to be
measured by reference to the teacher covering rather than the teacher
- fees and expenses to be paid to extend the entitlement to
continuing professional development for up to five days beyond the
current teacher year of 195 days
- new safeguards for work/life balance
Public consultation on the principles and approaches proposed by the
report will run until 3 July. Following that, the government will
consult on practical measures put forward. Comments will also be
invited from the school workforce remodelling working party
established by Estelle Morris last December. This includes, amongst
others, the local authority employers and the representatives of
headteachers, teachers and other members of the school workforce.
This press notice refers to England
1. The workload report produced by the School Teachers' Review Body
is available here . The public consultation will
run until 3 July 2002.
2. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were commissioned by the department
for education and skills in March 2001 to undertake a study of
teacher workload, in response to one of the recommendations made by
the school teachers' review body in its 2001 report. The work is
being overseen by a steering group that includes representatives from
all the teacher and headteacher associations, the local authority
employers, and the national assembly for Wales and OFSTED.
3. An interim report was published in August 2001. Its findings were
further tested in the next stage of the study, which looked at
practical ways of addressing workload issues. A draft report was
compiled by PwC and discussed by the steering group. Their views,
together with those of other interested bodies, are reflected in the
4. The final report from PwC set out a number of options to enable
schools to give teachers more time to concentrate on their
professional role of teaching. These options include: more flexible
use of non-teaching staff - both to carry out routine administration
and to supervise lessons under the direction of the class teacher;
wider access to information and communication technology to support a
range of teaching, pastoral and administrative tasks in schools; more
support for headteachers to enable them to lead change within their
schools; and policies developed and implemented by the department to
take more specific account of their impact on the school workforce.
5. On 10 April 2002, 32 schools that will take part in a project to
explore new ways of working to tackle workload were announced.
Read the NUT's reaction to this announcement on LGCnet .