Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Minister, has today announced a number of immediate actions to support teachers with workload and reduce bureaucracy.
The actions, confirmed in a statement in the National Assembly for Wales, are as follows:
- To develop a Workload & Well-Being Charter and Toolkit for the school workforce.
- To refresh and promote the Reducing Workload Resources and Training Pack and monitor take-up.
- To further develop and circulate the training models and exemplar case studies produced across all four consortia regions to develop a cohesive approach to be applied on a national basis; and
- To carry out a sector wide audit exercise to examine what data is collected across all tiers and how impact assessment on workload should be considered as part of policy development.
The steps announced today build on existing work to manage workload and reduce bureaucracy, including: the establishment of the School Business Manager pilot; the production of ‘Reducing Workload’ resources; the scheduled replacement of paper-based tests with online personalised assessments; and the Welsh Liberal Democrat’s £36million fund to reduce infant class sizes.
Speaking in the National Assembly for Wales, Kirsty said:
“I am in no doubt that managing workload and reducing classroom bureaucracy is essential if we are to support our teachers to raise standards. This government remains determined to give teachers the time to do what they do best: planning and teaching the best possible lessons for their pupils.
“Finding ways to better manage workload and reduce bureaucracy is a significant challenge but one we must meet head on if we want to ensure a high quality motivated education workforce.”
Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“Welsh Liberal Democrats have long been clear that the best way to raise standards is to invest in teachers, give them more freedom, and allow them more time to concentrate on a child’s individual needs.
“Workload and bureaucracy is, of course, inextricably linked to these objectives, and the actions announced today are another step in the right direction.”