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In their recent report on the new national curriculum, the Policy Exchange think tank concluded frankly that “the workload demand on teachers creating almost all of their resources themselves is intolerable”.
It is no wonder, then, that both the Policy Exchange and the Independent Teacher Workload Group have called for schools to invest in teaching resources.
All teachers have been there. You’re outside the exam hall, the day of the exam has finally arrived and up walks one of your beloved students, looking awful. Bleary eyed, hair all over the place, often clutching a large coffee or energy drink in one hand and pages of highlighted key facts in the other. Uh oh. Proudly he will announce: “I was up until 4:30 last night re-reading my notes, I’m so ready.” Disaster.
Last September, the Good Practical Science report was released. After surveying both international schools and almost 400 schools in England, the report concluded that “in the countries we visited, practical science is alive and flourishing” while in England “the intense pressure to perform in written exams” means “practical science is at risk” with many schools “making too little use of their often excellent practical science facilities.”
A recent report published by the Education Endowment Foundation highlighted stark gaps between the attainment of SEND and non-SEND students at both age 11 and 16, with the disparities between SEND and non-SEND students greater than those between disadvantaged students and their peers.
I came to my role as Vice Principal for Teaching & Learning at a time of significant change to the curriculum and the impact it has made on teacher and student workload. In the light of more terminally assessed linear exams, I had to urgently address students taking greater responsibility for their own knowledge and enable targeted, effective homework and revision.
The Department for Education is clear, parental engagement can have “a large and positive effect on children’s learning” and so, schools should prioritise the identification of effective methods for involving parents in their child’s education.
Teacher workload has never been higher on the agenda for schools and academies, as well as more recently for Ofsted. From the start of this academic year, Ofsted inspectors have been routinely asking headteachers how they intend to reduce their teachers’ workload.
Jonathan Barry is Assistant Head of Science at Harrow International School, in Beijing. He spoke to us about the success Doddle has had in his department: saving teachers’ time and keeping students engaged, both in and out of the classroom.
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