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Commenting on the launch of a joint initiative aimed at reducing the workload of teachers by the Welsh Government, Estyn, Regional Consortia, Education Workforce Council and trade unions, Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union, said:

“The NASUWT has been at the forefront of campaigning on teacher workload across the UK for many years and has been in continuous dispute with Welsh Government on the issue since 2011.

“This guidance is a first step along the road to providing teachers with the professional agency to exercise control over their workload. This is something that has been sadly lacking in the past.

“Of course, the effectiveness of the guidance will require school leaders, local authority school improvement officers, consortia challenge advisors, school inspectors, government officials and other relevant personnel within the education system in Wales to demonstrate due regard for the responsibility they have in managing and reducing the workload of teachers in compliance with the statements on the poster and the concertina cards.”

Rex Phillips, NASUWT National Official Wales, said:

“With over 40,000 concertina cards and 3,000 posters going into schools after today’s launch, there should now be no misunderstanding on what teachers ‘should’ and ‘should not’ do and what the Welsh Inspectorate, Estyn, requires for school inspections.

“The NASUWT expects the posters to be displayed prominently in every staffroom in every school and welcomes the decision to distribute the concertina card to every teacher.

“This initiative will provide teachers and, where necessary the NASUWT, with the ability to take to task those who would continue to place unnecessary workload burdens on teachers in terms of daily or weekly lesson plans, marking and feedback to pupils and data collection - three of the biggest drivers of excessive workload.”

The resources can be found at

English: https://www.estyn.gov.wales/best-practice/reducing-workload-teachers-and-headteachers  

Welsh: https://www.estyn.llyw.cymru/arfer-orau/lleihau-baich-gwaith-athrawon-phenaethiaid

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