List of clerical and admin tasks that teachers in Wales should not be required to undertake

NASUWT maintains that teachers cannot be required to carry out administrative and clerical tasks routinely that distract them from their core teaching and learning responsibilities.

The School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions (Wales) Document 2023 (STPC(W)D) reintroduced the list of admin and clerical tasks that should not be undertaken by teachers in Annex 3.

Annex 3 - Administrative and clerical tasks

  1. Collecting money from pupils and parents.

  2. Investigating a pupil’s absence.

  3. Bulk photocopying.

  4. Typing or making word-processed versions of manuscript material and producing revisions of such versions.

  5. Word-processing, copying and distributing bulk communications, including standard letters, to parents and pupils.

  6. Producing class lists on the basis of information provided by teachers.

  7. Keeping and filing records, including records based on data supplied by teachers.

  8. Preparing, setting up and taking down classroom displays in accordance with decisions taken by teachers.

  9. Producing analyses of attendance figures.

  10. Producing analyses of examination results.

  11. Collating pupil reports.

  12. Administration of work experience (but not selecting placements and supporting pupils by advice or visits).

  13. Administration of public and internal examinations.

  14. Administration of cover for absent teachers.

  15. Ordering, setting up and maintaining ICT equipment and software.

  16. Ordering supplies and equipment.

  17. Cataloguing, preparing, issuing and maintaining materials and equipment and stocktaking the same.

  18. Taking verbatim notes or producing formal minutes of meetings.

  19. Co-ordinating and submitting bids (for funding, school status and the like) using contributions by teachers and others.

  20. Transferring manual data about pupils not covered by the above into computerised school management systems.

  21. Managing the data in school management systems.

When considering the above, members should also consider Paragraph 51.8 of the STPC(W)D which is in place:

‘51.8. A teacher should not be required routinely to participate in any administrative, clerical and organisational tasks which do not call for the exercise of a teacher’s professional skills and judgment, including those associated with the arrangements for preparing pupils for external examinations such as invigilation.’


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