Workload and mental health in the independent sector

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Motion #16
  • Executive Committee

THAT Conference notes that the recent independent sector survey shows an ever-increasing workload for members across the whole of the independent sector.

To add insult to injury, the workloads are increasing but the rewards for taking on more duties are not. Often, members are simply expected to cover not just unpredicted absences but also predicted long-term absence and sometimes they are asked to teach subjects where they have no training or experience.

The survey also provides evidence that there is a growing expectation that teachers are having to respond to emails and text messages from parents, governors and children after the working day has ended and at weekends. Not only is this causing a challenge to their work-life balance but is also increasing the anxiety levels in teachers’ lives.

Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council:

(i) encourage all employers in independent schools to carry out an audit of workload and staffing

(ii) produce clear guidance and model procedures that can be distributed to all independent sector employers for implementation.