How we are tackling workload

At King Charles I school we know that teaching is exhilarating and rewarding, but recognise that it can also be exhausting. We understand that time is precious and that tired teachers do not make effective teachers. Our vision for workload is to enable every teacher to become highly effective by:

  • Ensuring every teacher has time to focus on what is important - planning, teaching and feedback;
  • Believing in simplicity, always taking the shortest route and aiming for maximum impact on student learning with minimal workload for staff; and
  • Continuously reviewing and evaluating our systems in order to support all staff to achieve a healthy work life balance.

Ways that we manage workload

  1. Quizzing homework in Years 7 and 8 has substantially reduced planning and setting of tasks. Homework requires zero marking, only checking.
  2. Homework tasks in Year 9 to 11 are based on key revision strategies, which can be self/peer marked in class and require minimal teacher marking.
  3. No setting of homework for Years 7, 8 and 9 and reading/revision for Years 10 and 11 during the week before a holiday to ensure staff do not return to a pile of marking.
  4. Use of online packages such as Hegarty Maths or Quizlet to further reduce planning, setting and marking.
  5. We have significantly reduced the number of data collections. From September 2018 there will only be two data collections per year for all year groups and no written subject reports.
  6. SIMs pulls the data from departmental databases, meaning that data is only entered once.
  7. The whole school assessment calendar is created alongside middle leaders to ensure the best possible timings of exams and moderation and to avoid pinch points.
  8. All tests and exams contain multiple choice questions and knowledge questions so that the majority of test papers can be marked by students.
  9. The use of tests and exams that clearly indicate what students do and don’t know and can and can’t do in order to inform future planning and help students progress. We don’t collect data just for the fun of it!
  10. Tests and exams that can be self/peer marked with minimal teaching marking.
  11. No onerous or impossible marking policy. Instead, we have a feedback policy that focuses on whole class feedback, verbal feedback and daily quizzes. No more hours spent marking hundreds of books ‘just because’.
  12. Staff training on effective and ineffective feedback so that teachers are fully aware of what has the greatest impact on student progress and do not waste their time on pointless activities.
  13. The S-Fits have been removed to ensure that teachers do not come back in September to a pile of marking.
  14. Clear and robust behaviour systems that underpins impeccable behaviour, so you are free to teach.
  15. Centralised after school detentions for all behaviour and homework issues to ease the pressure at break, lunch and after school.
  16. Simple and quick logging of consequences.
  17. All teachers follow a stream lined research driven teaching model that focuses on activities that have a significant impact on progress. No more time spent creating time wasting teaching resources such card sorts and endless animated PowerPoints.
  18. Focus on the use of textbooks and ready-made quality assured resources to help reduce planning time.
  19. Collaborative planning enables teachers to discuss and share best practice rather than everyone busily planning the same lessons in their individual classrooms.
  20. Departmental resources are shared centrally to stop teachers from reinventing the wheel.
  21. Staff within departments, where possible, have PPAs together to allow for collaborative planning.
  22. No ‘all/most/some’ learning objectives or creation of different worksheets for different abilities. There is no need for any differentiation by task.
  23. Good quality schemes of work that specify key knowledge, deliberate practice, homework tasks and resources to be used. No more endless searching/trawling TES resources for activities, homework tasks and lesson ideas.
  24. In the last 3 years, we have had an extra TED to support departments with the planning of the new curriculum.
  25. No shoe horning of IT into lessons.
  26. No lunch duties. If staff want to do one, then we will pay them or pay for their lunch.
  27. We have increased the number of PPAs for NQTs.
  28. No graded lesson observations.
  29. The number of lesson observations per year has been reduced. The number of lesson observations and who conducts them is currently under review.
  30. No pointless requesting or completing of lesson plans.
  31. After school meetings and events have been rationalised. The gained time has been given to departments to support collaborative planning, subject specific CPD and preparation time.
  32. Training for middle and senior leaders to ensure meeting time is used as productively as possible.
  33. The number of line management meetings have been reduced.
  34. No requirement to run after school revision sessions. Instead we focus on what is going on in lessons.
  35. From 2018, we will be adjusting the timings of school day so that teachers can meet to plan collaboratively and still get home at a reasonable time without having to take work home.
  36. Removal of pointless, time wasting displays.
  37. No time wasted on routine admin tasks. Departments such as reprographics, finance and data are all on hand to support teachers.
  38. Weekly admin support for heads of department.
  39. We use ParentMail and ParentPay to ensure that tutors are not required to collect money or reply slips.
  40. Automated rewards and simple one click recording of achievement points.
  41. Creative timetabling with workload in mind. This summer, we will be looking at the possibility of teachers having one or two year groups off to reduce planning time and attendance at parents’ evenings.
  42. Member of SLT responsible for staff workload and wellbeing.
  43. Half termly staff forum so that staff can highlight issues and concerns and we can move the school forward together.
  44. No performance related pay on the main or upper pay scales.
  45. No more standards walks to check that everyone is meeting the identified standards.
  46. Coffee and tea is provided in both staffrooms at break time.
  47. Food is provided before parents’ evenings and other evening events.
  48. The use of mobile phones to pick up emails is discouraged.
  49. Flu jabs are offered yearly.
  50. Attendance at funerals and graduations is always agreed to.
  51. Paid family leave for carol concerts, Christmas plays etc…
  52. Regular ‘supervision’ is offered to staff who are dealing with challenging safeguarding issues.
  53. Recognition of birthdays.
  54. Identification of pinch points during the year and consideration of this when creating the yearly calendar.
  55. Pre-planned and published calendar so that staff can plan in advance.

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King Charles I School
Comberton Road, Kidderminster,
Worcestershire. DY10 1XA

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