Working together on workload: planning


effective planning is obviously
important for effective teaching but when teachers are asked to create overly
detailed lesson plans with specific templates this distracts from meaningful
planning and doesn’t contribute to better teaching your time should be
spent on planning that is going to have a direct impact upon the quality of
teaching don’t spend time producing documents that don’t meet this purpose
your head teacher should be reassured that neither offset all the department
require you to do so your planning should be for you in your pupils you can
share this work and should consider how you can make longer-term plans with your
colleagues but you should not think that you have to write you’re planning for
your head teacher or for an offset inspector to look at Ofsted of clarified
that inspectors are not interested in scrutinizing individual lesson plans and
that there is no preferred format for Parliament so to start in principles for our work
was really to reduce teacher workload to reduce the amount of paperwork that
teachers were producing we wanted to move away from a standard lesson plan
that needed to be completed and filled in but we wanted to remain true to what
we believe in as a school which is high quality challenging engaging teaching
our research showed that teachers were on average spent in 38 minutes planning
one lesson it wasn’t manageable in it it couldn’t
carry on really so there was it quite quickly and move away from working on
our own and just swapping lessons we were going to be a team we were going to
meet as a team to decide what knowledge students needed to have what did
teachers need to be doing in the lessons we all saw within the context of that
discussion evaluate teachers needs what teachers know about a particular topic
because you’ve got that discussion beforehand and you’ve got that shared
vision and you’ve got more time to go off and do any research that you need to
do about knowledge and content the lessons are better the consequences of
our work have been improved teaching improved outcomes for students are
progressing it scores gone up and we have reduced workload for teachers the
government has committed to a period of civility for the curriculum and
assessment this means that beyond any changes that
are working their way through their system there will be no additional
statutory tests it changes to the National Curriculum or reforms to G
cities and a-levels we want to give the profession the certainty that the time
invested in planning doesn’t need to be repeated year on year in every school
the head and their teachers should discuss together how we can reduce the
planning envelope by taking on the report the independent report on
planning we know the government is determined to reduce workload although
everyone needs to do more to tackle this but when the government shows movement
we will support them so please do take up the messages in this video

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