In 2003 the government and unions signed the National Agreement: Raising Standards and Tackling Workload.
This Agreement sought, among other things, to reduce the amount of work teachers undertook which was not directly related to teaching and learning. The School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document states that:
"A teacher should not be required routinely to participate in any administrative, clerical and organisational tasks which do not call for the exercise of a teacher's professional skills and judgement, including those associated with the arrangements for preparing pupils for external examinations such as invigilation."
Although the list of 21 tasks which teachers should not undertake has been removed from the document, this was only ever a suggested list and the test should remain that if the duty does not require a teachers' professional skills and judgement then a teacher should not undertake it.
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