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Teachers and principals have risen to the challenge of massively increasing workload as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, members at the virtual NASUWT Northern Ireland Annual Conference heard.

NASUWT members from across Northern Ireland will share their experiences of being on the front line, providing high-quality education to children and young people during an unprecedented period.

They will debate motions on how the pandemic has led to a huge increase in workload and call for further measures from employers to reduce the burden.

NASUWT members want to see more emphasis placed on reducing workload as they deliver remote education while supervising those children in school and teachers in special schools deliver face-to-face learning and remote learning with very little personal protective equipment (PPE).

Dr Patrick Roach, NASUWT General Secretary said: “Teachers have gone above and beyond to provide the best possible education for children and young people during the pandemic.

“They have adapted to the challenges before them and have embraced technology to deliver remote learning to their pupils. But this has also increased workload and taken its toll on teachers and principals.

“We welcome moves to reduce workload but employers need to do much more and work with us to reduce the workload of teachers and principals further.”

NASUWT National Official Northern Ireland Justin McCamphill said: 

“Teachers in Northern Ireland have risen to the challenge of delivering remote education in very difficult circumstances.

“They are delivering remote education while simultaneously supervising children in school while colleagues in Special Schools have had to balance remote learning and teaching face-to-face with little in the way of protection from Covid.

“Remote learning and new working practices including teacher assessment of CCEA qualifications must be workload impact assessed so that no teacher is required to teach beyond their weekly limit or work beyond their contractual hours.”


 

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