‘Top Tips’ for reducing teacher workload within secondary schools

By Louise Williams, Director of Learning at Shevington High School, Wigan

Shevington High School in Wigan has been using our assessments effectively with their pupils for several years. Here their Director of Learning, Louise Williams, shares their ‘Top Tips’ for reducing teacher workload in secondary schools:

Effectively using technology:

  • Ensure you choose the correct technology for what you want to achieve within your teaching – not just because of what the technology can do.
  • Invest some time in understanding how to use the technology before implementing this across the whole school.
  • Take some time to train relevant staff in how to use the technology appropriately and efficiently.

Marking and feedback:

  • Focus your feedback on what is meaningful, manageable and motivating to the pupil(s).
  • Not all feedback needs to be written – you can use a range of techniques to give pupil feedback.
  • Use ‘live sampling’ to demonstrate to pupils how corrections can be made, so that they too can make amendments to their own work.

Curriculum planning:

  • Ensure that appropriate time is given to research the best possible curriculum plan (don’t be afraid to ask for time for this).
  • Remember that, in most cases, curriculum planning doesn’t mean starting from scratch, but adapting what you already have.
  • Share your planning, so that the onus is not all on one member of faculty/staff.
  • Try to incorporate one or two initiatives to start off with and build up slowly to include more ideas once these are embedded.

Data management:

  • Be consistent when reporting to parents and with assessment systems. It will make it easier for staff if the format is as similar as possible for all year groups.
  • The Data Manager within your school should be able to provide the data that staff need in order to analyse more efficiently and accurately.
  • Ensure to collect data when this will benefit pupils, and not just “for the sake of it”.

Shevington High School is one of our Centres of Assessment Excellence

Be consistent when reporting to parents and with assessment systems. It will make it easier for staff if the format is as similar as possible for all year groups.