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If you could make one change to reduce your workload, what would it be?

(21 Posts)
Redlocks28 Wed 29-Apr-15 15:10:01

I've been thinking about this a lot lately-wondering whether to resign or not. Have been teaching for ages and just sick of the relentless pointlessness of most of the things I do. I worked hard 15+ years ago when I started, but virtually none of it was pointless-it all benefitted the children, yet now, 3/4 of the stuff I do is solely for Ofsted or SMT and actually takes time away from the children. I rather like planning nice lessons, making resources and doing displays!

I think getting rid of Ofsted would be number 1 on my list, but as that'll never happen, doing something about reducing the pointless excessive marking now required would probably be next.

It would have to phrased so clearly that there was no way that SMT could interpret it in a 'well, I don't think you're doing enough' kind of way!

Levelling and tracking would probably be high up on my list as well.

mrsnewfie Wed 29-Apr-15 19:50:54

Ridiculous marking policies would be top of my list!

ClareAbshire Wed 29-Apr-15 19:56:28

Marking policies for sure. It would be slightly less awful if they weren't forever changing but just when you've got your head around it they change the poxy thing.

43cupsoftea Wed 29-Apr-15 19:58:00

Yep, daft, useless marking needs to be gone. Spending hours typing up, printing, guillotine-ing and sticking in success criteria. I don't mind tracking. I resent the amount of time it takes to assess writing but can't see how that could be made less time consuming.

DoctorLawn Wed 29-Apr-15 19:58:01

Levelling (or whatever is going to replace it!) and tracking for me too.

Book looks and accompanying scrutinies every small term.

Making a law that exam specs couldn't be changed for a minimum of five years.

SylviaPouncer Wed 29-Apr-15 21:31:21

Complicated marking policies, definitely. I don think the kids take a blind bit of notice of anything I write in their books.
I mark their work, I write about how they could improve, they redraft and I check again. It is obvious from the redraft that I should have just put my feet up in the evening and watched telly instead of marking.
What a waste of time.

Redlocks28 Wed 29-Apr-15 21:35:01

Yep-totally agree.

They do the work, I mark the work, they respond to my marking and I check that they've responded and taken note of my next steps....

I'm their teacher, not their bloody pen pal!

ByEck Thu 30-Apr-15 20:42:16

SLT helping themselves to my PPA for collapsed days and revision sessions; not having to provide learning support in 'gained' time; the after school revision sessions I've been guilt-tripped into; having to spend every break supervising detention; doing catch up work with students during PPA.

Happy36 Fri 01-May-15 17:32:20

Being an administrator, having to do admin. work that has nothing to do with being a subject teacher or form tutor because the school won't pay for secretaries.

Phineyj Sat 09-May-15 15:52:45

I would really like someone to do my photocopying. I will have 100 sixth formers by September. Making their mock papers takes me entire days!

PurpleAlert Sat 09-May-15 16:51:14

Marking books within an inch of their lives.
Then having to go back and respond to the pupils response of your marking.

I mean really, is there any teacher who thinks that it has any huge benefits?
Especially with very young pupils?

I have seen a teacher write two paragraphs ( in two different colours hmm) on a four year old's emergent writing. When I asked her if the child could read it she said no she had had to read it to him! Is this seriously what OFSTED want to see? Bloody bonkers!

kesstrel Sat 09-May-15 18:26:14

Some teachers have adapted (for older children, not 4 year olds, obviously) a system that involves using codes, which means the learner has to look up the code, absorb it and then respond to it - so they have to pay attention to it, and it's them doing the work. Has the advantage of being very quick. Good blog about it here: www.learningspy.co.uk/featured/what-does-feedback-look-like/

Mostlyjustaluker Sat 09-May-15 19:19:37

More ppa time.

stillenacht1 Sun 10-May-15 21:04:19

Dialogue marking. Get rid. Utter bollox.

Redlocks28 Sun 10-May-15 21:35:14

Thanks for all the replies-good to hear (though crap at the same time) that most of you feel the same way as me.

I wonder if now that Nicky Morgan doesn't have to be worried about appeasing us-as we're stuck with her for the next 5 years-what the hell else she can dream up to take up more of our time!?

Suggestions on a postcard...?

PandaMummyofOne Mon 11-May-15 20:11:20

Without a doubt. Marking! I've had 160 scripts this weekend. hmm bye bye social life

Sparkle9 Mon 18-May-15 08:48:41

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PenelopePitstops Mon 18-May-15 21:04:51

Marking policies. Each book every 2 weeks with responses, feedback etx.

I calculated that 150 books a fortnight, at 10 mins per book is 1500 minutes. In hours that is 25 per fortnight just on marking!

PenelopePitstops Mon 18-May-15 21:05:47

That doesn't include assessments or exam paper feedback either.

SuffolkNWhat Mon 18-May-15 21:14:37

Marking or if not smaller class sizes to make the aforementionedmarking slightly more tolerable

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