Plans have been announced to reduce the workload associated with teaching jobs following a major survey of the profession.
Over 44,000 people responded to the Workload Challenge survey, which highlights a number of recurring issues. Pressure from Ofsted and the government consumes a large amount of time, along with tasks such as recording data, marking and lesson-planning.
In response to the findings, education secretary Nicky Morgan and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg have announced a series of measures aimed at ensuring teachers are able to focus on their central tasks of educating pupils and raising standards.
Ofsted has made several commitments, pledging to alter its handbook or framework during the school year only when it is absolutely necessary and to ensure its myths and facts document is continually updated.
From 2016 onwards, the handbook will be made shorter and simpler, so schools can more easily understand how inspectors will reach their judgements.
Schools will be given more notice of any significant changes to the curriculum, exams and accountability, while qualifications will not be altered during the academic year or during a course unless there are urgent reasons for doing so.
A central repository of evidence is to be established to make it easier for teachers to find out how other institutions have been successful and the best way to approach marking, data management and planning.
Headteachers are to be given more support through a full review of leadership training, including coaching and mentoring opportunities.
"We know there is no quick fix but we hope the commitments we have outlined will support and empower the profession and free up teachers to focus on what matters most in their jobs," Ms Morgan said.
Teachers' workloads are to be tracked over the coming years by carrying out a large scale, robust survey in early spring 2016, and every two years subsequently.
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