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Guidance for the reduction of teachers’ workloads

ERW and other education organisations in Wales endorse guidance for the reduction of teachers’ workloads

ERW, among several other education organisations in Wales have demonstrated their commitment to help teachers balance their workload. The consortium has contributed to a joint project launched today by The Cabinet Secretary for Education, Kirsty Williams and Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Meilyr Rowlands.

Supported by 18 organisation, including Estyn, Welsh Government, regional consortia and various unions, the project was formed in recognition of the burden that the education workforce can feel. This joint working has produced a staff room poster and pocket guide, which highlight what teachers should and should not do when they are planning lessons, marking and assessing and collecting data, as well as clarifying Estyn’s expectations.

Betsan O’Connor, MD of ERW, says “This is a demonstration of how we can collaborate to get a consistent message for all teachers.”

Meilyr Rowlands, Chief Inspector, says ‘Estyn takes the issue of teacher workload very seriously and I hope that this guide will help to clarify expectations and help teachers focus their time and efforts on what is most important – teaching and learning.’

The pocket guide will be sent to every registered teacher in Wales, and every school will receive a staff room poster. They will also be available online at: