Speak out!

A blog from ATL
Teacher alone in empty school

Ministers won't tackle workload: we need the NEU to make a difference

Government appears to have a workload problem. Trying to leave the European Union, along with attempting to make sure that Britain has a strong future outside the EU, seems to be taking up everyone’s time.
Workload charter

New agreement could slash teacher workload

If we don’t do something about teacher workload, we’re not going to have enough good teachers and teaching assistants in Nottingham City.

Dangers of excessive workloads

Shelagh Hirst, ATL president, puts the issue of excessive workloads under the spotlight at TUC Congress 2016.
Cover image from ATL's workload book

If you don't have time to read our new book on teacher workload, here's a summary

It’s just how it goes: a new book comes out about teacher workload, and you’d love to read it but you haven’t got the time.

There’s no point in marking for the sake of it

I’ve got members of staff marking from the moment they get up on a Sunday until when they go to bed. These members have families.

Lesson planning: The good, the bad and the ugly

As a supply teacher, I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to lesson planning. I have been to schools where there is no planning at all, where you are given what amounts to a Post-It note of information, or where there are 10 pages of planning notes for the day. The differences are absolutely ridiculous.

Many of the changes have been relatively small, but together they add up

In my school the senior leadership team (SLT) has done a lot to address workload. At the end of last year, around the time teacher workload was highlighted in the media, our SLT consulted staff on how workload could be reduce

Make one change

There’s so much that’s not cool at the moment in teaching. A lot in education revolves around numbers and data, which creates a lot of work and drives creativity out.

Should I stay or should I go?

Trainee and newly qualified teachers are full of energy and good intentions to be the best teacher they can be for their pupils. Will this enthusiasm be converted into a skilled teacher, who continues to learn and gain experience, so they become an educational leader in their own right?

Workload on the front line

Workload and work life balance is a prominent issue of discussion among educational professionals. The government seems to have taken very little notice of their own Workload Challenge survey, which 40,000 professionals took time and trouble to complete. Ignoring such an enormous response seems dismissive of the profession.