Last week, Liz asked the following question of the department for Education:
To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what her Department's policy is towards the National Union of Teachers' eight steps to reduce excessive teacher workload.
Tabled on: 08 December 2014
This week, David Laws responded as follows:
The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that reducing unnecessary workload for teachers is an absolute priority for this government. We are committed to taking action, and are exploring ways to do this with trade unions through the current programme of talks at the Department for Education. We welcome the National Union of Teachers’ contribution to the programme of talks, and their further contribution to the debate through the proposed eight-step action programme for tackling workload. We will consider carefully the proposals put forward by the NUT. These will be considered alongside the results of the recent ‘Workload Challenge’, a survey of teachers launched by the Secretary of State and the Deputy Prime Minister, which closed recently after receiving more than 40,000 responses. The results are being analysed and a programme of action will be published early next year. This government has taken steps to reduce bureaucracy and burdens on schools, but we know that there is more to be done, and we are committed to working with teachers to find solutions.
While this touches on some of the issues raised by teachers in Heywood and Middleton, Liz will continue to press to ensure teachers are given fair treatment and that the children in our schools are educated by people who aren't weighed down by excessive workloads taking away from teaching time and affecting the personal lives of teachers.