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Teachers report increase in workload

Teachers report increase in workload

Attempts by Scottish Government and the Scottish Qualifications Agency (SQA) to reduce teacher workload have made it worse, according to a members' survey by teaching union the EIS.

Eighty-six per cent of respondents reported their workload had increased in the last year, with 33 per cent reporting the increase had been significant. This is despite numerous actions by the Scottish Government in the same period to cut teacher workload.

Constant change in curriculum has added to the amount of preparatory work necessary for classes, while changes implemented by the SQA have generated as much work as they are supposed to remove.

The report comes after teachers considered strike action over pay at the recent EIS conference. This follows a strike by the union among college lecturers following a breakdown in talks with Colleges Scotland.

Responding to the survey, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: "The Scottish Government is absolutely committed to freeing up teachers to do what they do best - teach. We have already acted to reduce teachers' workload. As agreed with the EIS and others, we are removing mandatory unit assessments for National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher qualifications.

"We have also issued a definitive statement that clearly sets out, for all teachers, what they should and should not be asked to do and reviewed demands placed on schools by local authorities in relation to Curriculum for Excellence.Teachers' pay and conditions of service are matters for the Scottish Negotiating Committee for Teachers (SNCT). Negotiations are currently ongoing and the Scottish Government will play its part in that process."


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