Reducing Teacher Workloads

Reducing Teacher Workloads - and you can still register for our conference

Dear Colleagues/Governors,

Dear Colleagues,

Workload is one of the main reasons that teachers give for considering leaving the profession and latest research published shows that working hours are still too high. The DfE have published an action plan that provides an update about how they have been helping to remove unnecessary workload along with further activities they intend to undertake in the future. The plan is based around the three biggest concerns that teachers have raised - marking, planning and resources, and data management. Review groups were set-up to cover these areas, and you can access the reports here:

Report from Marking Policy Review Group –

Report from Planning and Resources Review Group –

Report from Data Management Review Group –

You will find a poster on our website (click this link) and leaflet on our web-site (click this link) to help you review your expectations on Headteachers and senior leadership teams, and to support ‘Reducing Workload’ initiatives in your schools.

We would be delighted to receive any examples of reducing workload initiatives and how successful they have been.

Finally, a reminder that it is the Stockport Governors Conference on Saturday 11th March. (Register Here) We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Stu Foster

Chair, GOVAS


Become a GOVAS Management Committee Member - we are a happy and contented bunch, but we could do with a few more friends. We meet three, or four, times a year, usually at the Town Hall. Our main visible event is the conference, but we also meet with council officers once a term and represent governors on a number of committees and we are looking to establish workshops/seminars to complement the LA training programme. To join the management committee, you do not need to have been a governor for over ten years, have a beard, or wear sandals. You do not need to be a Chair of governors, or even aspire to be. We just want governors who are prepared to give up a bit more of their time; to provide a fresh outlook; and to be able to speak up for governors within and outside of Stockport. Please contact us through

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