What would you have in a Barnsley Workload Charter?

We asked Barnsley teachers what their ‘non-negotiables’ for a Barnsley Workload Charter are. Here are some of their responses, please add yours in the comments or email them to Emma Hardy e.hardy@nut.org.uk

  • I want us to get rid of having to give written literacy feedback as a second thing to improve. If we use codes through the work this should be enough.
  • Capping of hours overtime and clarity about expected extra hours.
  • Marking to be judged after results not before (quality not quantity)
  • Address the myth in Secondary schools that a TLR means you are expected to attend other meetings other than one per week. A TLR is not the leadership scale.
  • Any Charter has to opt out of the “such reasonable additional hours as may be necessary…” (p.48 STPCD)
  • Extra time for TRL holders.
  • Address marking from the other direction, work out how many hours you expect teachers to do and then work out the frequency from that.
  • Don’t repeat inputting data
  • Mindset
  • There should be recommended hours. No teacher does the bare minimum of 32.40 hours a week but working 40+ hours is not sustainable.
  • Reduce marking and feedback.
  • Reduce non-important meetings
  • Include staff in policy decisions
  • Change marking. Who is it for? If it has no impact on learning it is a pointless waste of time.
  • Team planning should not be an expectation. If it is, time within the school session should be provided for this.
  • No book scrutinies, or at least only once a year.
  • Not making notes on where evidence is in books.
  • No pay progression based upon exam results.
  • Not making in different colours!
  • Protection for staff who raise concerns.
  • Not duplicating – e.g. data sheets, intervention sheets, behaviour points/merits
  •  Head Teacher to lead teaching in each year once per week.
  • Being able to pick out a common error and focus on that for everyone rather than writing a comment in everyone’s book.
  • Ask staff for feedback, what works and why.
  • Have a clear break/lunch.
  • Choose where to do PPA to allow staff to go home.
  • Being able to use professional discretion when marking, reviewing, responding with certain children.
  • Reduce scrutinies! (Big write, planning, topic, guided reading, blog, twitter etc)
  • Lunch times at least an hour
  • Marking policies to not have any frequency in them.
  • Mark the work once, not different colours at different times for the same piece of work.
  • Time for collaborative planning provided in directed time.
  • Policies that directly affect teachers, such as marking, should be written with the staff it affects, not dictated to by upper management.

What do you think?

Please send us your comments and we will add them anonymously to this page. Email e.hardy@nut.org.uk

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