In the modern education environment formal assessments, paperwork, and marking are an increasingly large part of the teaching workload.
The government has identified three of the biggest areas that lead to unnecessary workload:
- Data Management
In 2014 the UK government launched the “workload challenge”, designed to ask teachers on their views on how to reduce unnecessary workload. It found that:
- excessive levels of recording detail made tasks burdensome
- Duplication adds to the workload burden
- Bureaucracy was a challenge
With teachers already working long hours and having to adapt to a continuously changing education landscape, any ways of reducing this burden can have a significant impact on morale and results, by giving teachers more time to focus on teaching.
Providing the right tools are used, and that they are implemented with the right strategy, technology can have a significant part to play in reducing the administrative load involved with teaching.
With a need for more visibility and accurate information in real time, schools are looking at how technology can help minimise unnecessary workload.
Technology & The Teacher Workload Challenge
IT software can help overcome this obstacle. Workloads can be reduced by making pupil data easier to record, analyse, and report.
Tellingly, the most frequently mentioned tasks contributing to unnecessary and unproductive workload in the teacher workload challenge survey fitted within the category of lesson planning and policies, assessment and reporting administration (82% of respondents mentioned tasks which fitted into this category).
Implementing simple to use systems can tackle two of the three biggest areas of unnecessary workload. Simpler ways of recording pupil assessments save time in marking. Whilst real time, accurate and tailored reporting mean that data can be managed and reported to senior management and parents in a professional and efficient way.
This challenge was the reason that we developed the School Reporting Suite, pupil assessment; tracking and reporting is essential to give teachers, senior management and parents visibility over pupil progress.