Magazine article Public Finance

Teachers 'Have More Pupil Time', Inspectors Claim

Magazine article Public Finance

Teachers 'Have More Pupil Time', Inspectors Claim

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Efforts to reduce the administrative burden on teachers and allow them to spend more time with their pupils have borne fruit, education inspectors claimed this week.

But teaching unions were sceptical about Ofsted s assertions, saying too few teachers had been interviewed to draw meaningful conclusions.

In 2003 a new workforce agreement was introduced with the aim of lessening teachers' workload and raising standards. Ofsted visited 99 schools to evaluate progress. Its report, published on October 9, said there had been a 'revolutionary shift'in school working practices, with more than three-quarters of teachers saying they now had greater control over their work and more time to plan lessons and mark work.

Chief education inspector Christine Gilbert said: "There has been an important change in the school workforce culture, as increasingly highly skilled people from fields other than teaching have taken on responsible and challenging roles in supporting teaching and assessment, and in some aspects of school management'. …

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