Teachers: Bureaucracy

Department for Education written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of teacher workloads.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Recent assessments of teacher workloads have been made from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey. The key finding from TALIS is that teachers in England work a 46 hour week in term time on average compared with the international average of 38 hours. The 2013 workload diary survey showed an increase in the average total hours recorded as worked by classroom teachers. We are working closely with teachers and the unions to reduce the burden of unnecessary workload so that they spend more time in the classroom teaching.

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