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It is acknowledged that the quality of teaching is the critical factor in raising standards of learning. And yet teachers' workload has rocketed in recent years, leaving morale for many at rock-bottom.


Recent DfE analysis shows that primary teachers work around 60 hours a week and school leaders even longer. This is not sustainable. Teachers need an end to excessive working hours.


Edited by Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at leading teaching union ATL, Managing Teacher Workload brings together leading educationalists to discuss real, practical ways to solve the biggest problem in the profession.

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It is acknowledged that the quality of teaching is the critical factor in raising standards of learning. And yet teachers' workload has rocketed in recent years, leaving morale for many at rock-bottom.

Recent DfE analysis shows that primary teachers work around 60 hours a week and school leaders even longer. This is not sustainable. Teachers need an end to excessive working hours.

Edited by Nansi Ellis, assistant general secretary at leading teaching union ATL, Managing Teacher Workload brings together leading educationalists to discuss real, practical ways to solve the biggest problem in the profession.

Contributors: Mary Bousted, General Secretary, ATL; Emma Knights, Chief Executive of the National Governors' Association (NGA); Heath Monk, Executive Director of the Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham, former CEO of the Future Leaders Trust; Julian Stanley, chief executive, Education Support Partnership; Mary Myatt; Joe Pardoe; Lee Card; Toby French; Judith Vaughan; Collette Bradford

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"Managing Teacher Workload is an indispensable read for all those who love teaching “but also want a life”. It explores the responsibility of government, but also the agency of schools, of leaders at all levels and of individual teachers in its commitment to identifying how best use can be made of inevitably limited time, and how strategies can be devised collaboratively.  Opening up a dialogue, encouraging reflection and learning with and from each other will take us further than anger and frustration where workload is concerned. Reading and discussing this book is a very good start." -- Jill Berry, educational consultant

"Full of highly practical solutions for the busy school leader and teacher wishing to juggle work with a little more life.  In many cases, the culture of the organisation is shown to have a huge impact on individual workload and time management, but there are plenty of suggestions for individual teachers too.  This is a timely publication and an excellent read. We need our teachers to arrive in school full of the energy necessary to educate and inspire the children of our future." -- Professor Dame Alison Peacock

"Rarely has a book been so welcome as this one. Whether an NQT or experienced teacher, there is plenty to dip into from a range of wise writers. Few would argue that teachers need to take back control of their profession and this worthy book is as good a place to start as any. Every staffroom should own a copy." — Andrew Morrish, Chief Executive, Victoria Academies Trust

"It is a must read for every teacher, not just those running on empty, or already at breaking point. It is jam packed with strategies and questions on juggling workload, managing stress in the workplace, how we can improve meetings, meaningful marking and the sensible use of data. Healthy and happy teachers who have the time to collaborate and invest in their own development really are the key to raising the achievement and promoting the well being of the students in their care. Thought provoking and refreshing, this book might just help teachers and leaders find a few ways to keep the job they love, and to do it well, whilst reclaiming their lives!" — Natalie Scott, TES Blogger of the Year 2016

"Essential reading for all teachers. Contributions from a wide range of education professionals make this a fantastic and unbiased book. A broad collection of common sense approaches to a vast number of challenges we face on a daily basis are shared, all of which look to reduce the negative impact upon teacher workload and wellbeing. It's certainly had a positive impact upon my practice!" — Gary King, Assistant Principal/Director of Teaching and Learning

“Tackling excessive workload is a challenge at both a personal and national level.  Managing Teacher Workload provides powerful and practical guidance at each end of this spectrum, and most points in between.  Alongside sharp advice on specific issues (how to run an efficient meeting; how to pre-empt workload pressure-points in the school year) this book makes a compelling case for a profession founded on trust and collaboration, rather than compliance and martyrdom.   I hope that Managing Teacher Workload helps to liberate teachers, leaders, governors and policy-makers from busy work towards meaningful, productive practice.” — Steve Adcock, Deputy Director of Secondary Academies (South) for United Learning

About the editor

Nansi Ellis is ATL's assistant general secretary with responsibility for policy. She leads the development and implementation of ATL's policies on education, equalities, pay, conditions and pensions - professional issues that impact on teaching and learning. She and her team liaise with stakeholders, using policy to negotiate, influence and challenge on issues such as accountability, curriculum and assessment, professional development and the conditions for effective professional practice at national and local levels. And she focuses policy development in ways that support sustained member activity.

If education is to change for the benefit of children and young people, then those who work in education need to take a lead, and the union must support them to do so. Nansi began her teaching career as a primary teacher in a bilingual school in west Wales, and then moved to London to teach in a middle school. She worked (briefly) on national testing and data collection for the School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and managed the early years team at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, helping to develop the early years foundation stage. She joined ATL as a primary education adviser.

Additional Information

Author Nansi Ellis
ISBN 9781909717893
No of pages 202
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1 Jun 2016

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