Next, you and your colleagues could use the following checklist to help you consider if the issue of workload will:
- be widely felt by colleagues?
- be deeply felt by colleagues?
- winnable or partly winnable?
- result in a real improvement on the lives of colleagues if change is achieved?
- be easy to understand by all involved?
- be non-divisive amongst staff/ATL members?
- bring staff/ATL members together?
- increase the visibility of ATL?
You should also consider if there are there other reasons why it would be good to organise around this issue.
Putting the plan together
Once you've assessed the strength of the workload issue in your workplace, the following general 'problem, information, plan' approach is a useful way to help develop a plan to tackle this issue - there's a handy checklist in the downloadable version of this toolkit.
The first thing to consider in your plan is how you can gather evidence about the scale of the workload issue and its impact.
The workload tracker on ATL's website, plus surveys and questionnaires which you devise yourself or for which ATL can provide templates, are practical tools to help you identify and quantify the:
- work-life balance issues in your school/college
- key drivers of excessive workload in your workplace
- impact they have on staff
- impact they have on your students and the school/college.
Identifying these drivers is an important step towards being able to develop practical solutions that could be implemented to reduce workload and create a healthier workplace to the benefit of staff, pupils and the school/college.
- ATL's guide to Tackling Workload Together
- ATL's guide to the DfE workload group reports - for teachers
- ATL's guide to the DfE workload group reports - for leaders
- Eliminating unnecessary workload around marking
- Elminating unneccessary workload associated with data management
- Eliminating unnecessary workload around planning and teaching resources