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Teachers: Bureaucracy

Question for Department for Education

UIN 210347, tabled on 14 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent assessment she has made of teacher workloads.

Answered on

20 October 2014

Recent assessments of teacher workloads have been made from the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) and the 2013 Teachers’ Workload Diary Survey. The key finding from TALIS is that teachers in England work a 46 hour week in term time on average compared with the international average of 38 hours. The 2013 workload diary survey showed an increase in the average total hours recorded as worked by classroom teachers. We are working closely with teachers and the unions to reduce the burden of unnecessary workload so that they spend more time in the classroom teaching.