ATL comment on teachers’ workload

Press release
11 July 2017 by ATL Media Office
Dr Mary Bousted, Association of Teachers and Lecturers’ (ATL) general secretary, comments on the Department for Education’s teacher voice survey.

She said: “This report makes for grim reading. While schools remain under intense pressure from funding cuts and high stakes accountability, on top of changes to exams and the curriculum, it is hard to for them cut their staff’s workloads. Unless the Government finds more money for schools soon even more schools will be forced to cut staffing which will ratchet up the pressure on the remaining staff.

“None of this is good for staff – for their work life balance and mental health – nor is it good for pupils who have stressed and exhausted teachers who have little time to give them individual attention.

“The Government’s warm words about the importance of good teachers are meaningless if teachers are denied a fair pay rise, it is not ensuring enough are trained and its policies continue to add to their heavy workload.”

ENDS

Note to editors:

  • The Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) is an independent, registered trade union and professional association, representing approximately 170,000 teachers, headteachers, lecturers and support staff in maintained and independent nurseries, schools, sixth form, further and higher education colleges and universities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • ATL exists to help members, as their careers develop, through first rate research, advice, information and legal advice, and to work with government and employers to defend its members’ pay, conditions and career development.
  • ATL is affiliated to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) and Education International (EI). ATL is not affiliated to any political party and seeks to work constructively with all the main political parties.
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