We ran several events to raise awareness of resources and practices for teachers and senior leaders to reduce workload, including promoting the national toolkit .Sessions with headteacher forums, National Leaders of Education, Local Authority Consultants and Governors ensured information and ideas were spread far and wide.
We supported the national programme and shared templates to assist in promoting the results of each school's work.In March 2020, WTSA representatives and teachers from participating schools went to London for a national celebration of learning event. Our CEO, Louise Smith attended and said, "We are really proud to have taken part in this commission. The teaching staff involved engaged in reviewing practice and looking for innovative ways to improve the quality of feedback and marking. It has been so encouraging to share and learn together in a robust, evidence led manner. We look forward to creating more opportunities to do this next year."
Working with the Education Development Trust and Department for Education (DfE) we gathered a number of schools who together took part in the largest teacher led research study of government policy to date. Five schools from our region (4 primary and 1 secondary) took part; each one looked at feedback and in class marking practices, testing new approaches that all drastically reduced the hours teachers spent on out of class marking and the control studies showed improvements to pupil performance too.
Detailed research posters, reports and videos were released in Autumn Term 2020.
WTSA will also be running training events to allow the teachers involved to share good practice and their methods to other teachers in Spring and Summer terms 2021. Sign up to our mailing list below to be the first to hear the details when released; contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The national workload reduction research programme was funded by the Department for Education as part of their support to reduce teachers’ workload; an extensive toolkit of material and learning is to be found here.