The workload of teachers and ultimately the wellbeing of teachers, has become an increasing concern for the Government in 2019. Education Secretary Damian Hinds is raising awareness around teacher wellbeing and putting actions in place to tackle the problem. The concern focuses on how teachers always put the good of their pupils first and often forget about their own wellbeing in the process.

Damian Hinds addressed teacher workload in his most recent speech at the Association of School and College Leaders’ Annual Conference 2019 stating, “Tackling workload is one of the ways we can build a supportive culture in schools… As part of the recruitment and retention strategy we want to help you all provide supportive schools culture and as part of that today, I’m announcing my plan to set up an advisory group on wellbeing. The group will provide expert advice and work with us to look at how we as the Government and school leaders as the employers can, promote wellbeing among our dedicated teaching staff.”*

We look forward to bringing you more news about this group but in the meantime, SAM wants to provide you with some top tips for employers on how to manage teacher workload pressures in your school:

  • Simplify processes – set up templates and look at software that automates actions
  • Track and monitor progress – If there are times where workload is high, other tasks can be postponed
  • Ask teachers for their feedback to help the leadership team implement changes
  • Set reasonable and achievable targets for teachers to work towards with their workload
  • Hold regular reviews
  • Consider Stress Management Training or help with prioritising

The DfE have also developed a toolkit to help schools reduce workload and address the causes of excessive workload at a national level. You can find the toolkit by clicking this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reducing-workload-in-your-school?utm_source=11a1e52c-2866-41e5-ad6b-410dd3221022&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

SAM, as absence management software for schools, can help to spot trends identifying stress or workload pressures, in particular areas or patterns in absence for a particular employee that can then be addressed. You can add Fit Notes, Occupational Health Reports and Return to Work documents within SAM, all helping you to hold regular meetings and increase contact by providing you with the information you need to make decisions. SAM supports you in applying a fair process for all employees and can ultimately help you to reduce absence and improve wellbeing by supporting staff when they need it most. If you don’t currently use SAM, get in touch with one of the team on 01924 907319 to book a demo. If you need help with wellbeing and supporting staff, why not speak to our sister company FusionHR or check out their website.

You may also benefit from having a look at these useful links that the DfE have shared:

Ways to reduce workload in your school: tips from school leaders

Reducing workload in your school

Managing change: reducing teacher workload

Supporting governing boards and trustees: reducing teacher workload

Data management: reducing teacher workload

Feedback and marking: reducing teacher workload

Curriculum planning and resources: reducing teacher workload

Communications: reducing teacher workload

Reducing workload: identify the issues in your school

 

References:

*https://www.gov.uk/government/news/support-on-wellbeing-for-teachers-in-schools-and-colleges?utm_source=68403e8a-9bc2-4ce4-bd2c-a4531595049e&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/teachers-recruitment-shortages-mental-health-nqts-trainees-workload-a8779966.html

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