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Nicky Morgan places focus on teacher workloads

16 September 2014

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan appears to be taking a different approach to her predecessor, Michael Gove on the topical issue of teacher workloads. In a letter to teaching unions she refers to “national and international evidence” of unnecessary work that takes teachers away from teaching. The issue appears to be more about what teachers spend their time doing rather than the hours they work. Some may ask whether longer working hours affect more than just teachers.

There is no doubt that this approach will be well received by unions and parents will also be pleased if she manages to prevent further strike action.

Also in the news today is the suggestion by the DfE that all state schools in England should consider running a longer day; could this be linked? More time for teachers in the classroom and longer days for pupils. I’m not sure that is what the unions had in mind so watch this space!

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