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Teachers work nearly 11 hours a day, landmark workload survey reveals

Teachers are working an average of 54.4 hours a week – nearly 11 hours per day – the government’s first comprehensive survey into workload has revealed. Primary classroom teachers and middle leaders work an average of over 55 hours, with secondary school teachers working more than 53 hours a week, the government’s long-awaited Teacher Workload Survey found. However the working hours reported by senior leaders were even higher at 60 hours per week. Secondary school senior leaders worked 62-hour weeks – which equates to 12.4 hours a day. The findings were “markedly higher” than the 45.9 hours per week recorded in the 2013 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which measured the workload of secondary teachers. The government report stated this suggests “some increase in workload has been seen between 2013 and 2016”. The government has stated it will now use the findings to “target our work at the areas of most concern”. But Chris Keates, general secretary of NASUWT (pictured right), said: “Once again, the Government’s own data confirms that teachers and headteachers are dealing with unsustainable workload demands on a daily basis, and much of their time is being spent on activities which are either unnecessary or which...

How to prepare year 6 for KS2 maths SATs

Education blogger @thatboycanteach explains what we can learn from studying the 2016 Key Stage 2 SATs results After the release of RAISEonline’s QLA data, teachers, Maths coordinators, and SLT alike will have scrambled to analyse the initial report on 2016s maths SATs results. It’s a resource with huge potential, offering ways for us to reconsider the effectiveness of our teaching and learning strategies by showing us what our pupils didn’t learn. However, like many of its kind, it can be difficult to interpret. In short – it is a slog. So which questions do the nation’s 10 and 11 year olds seem to be struggling with most? Below is a brief appraisal of where pupils fared worst, and why. Let’s begin with the KS2 SATs reasoning tests – which account for 70 out of 110 marks and cover a range of curriculum objectives from years 3 to 6. 1. Pupils struggle to problem solve The four most poorly answered questions were problem solving in nature, requiring a child to be able to approach several mathematical facts while using a variety of strategies. This multi-tasking proved troublesome for pupils, particularly question 17 from paper two, where pupils had to halve, use inverse operations...

Ofsted watch: FE college overcomes ‘inadequate’ period

An FE college has climbed its way out of being ‘inadequate’ while an adult and community learning provider and a private provider boosted their provision upwards to ‘good’ in this week’s Ofsted reports. City College Coventry was rated ‘requires improvement’ in a report published Wednesday (February 22) following an ‘inadequate’ grade in November 2015. While the 3,500-learner college still has areas to improve, inspectors said its current interim principal, Dr Elaine McMahon, who joined the college shortly after the previous inspection has been “successful in bringing about improvement across the college”. However, too few learners on classroom-based programmes are successful in developing “appropriate levels of skill in English and mathematics or achieve their qualifications in these subjects,” the report said. And while safeguarding at the college was deemed “effective”, inspectors noted that too few learners have a “well-developed understanding of life in modern Britain and how to keep safe from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism”. Meanwhile, Brighton-based adult and community learning provider Friends Centre rose from ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’ in a report published on Tuesday (February 21). Inspectors said that college leaders had “taken very successful action to raise achievement rates” with most learners now achieving their qualification...

Leaked briefing document reveals £170 million Institutes of Technology could be with ‘wholly new’ institutions

New Institutes of Technology could be based at “wholly new” institutions, not just existing FE providers, a Department for Education briefing document leaked to FE Week has revealed. In January, the release of a green paper called ‘Building Our Industrial Strategy’, confirmed that £170 million of capital funding would be spent on IoTs. At the time the DfE indicated that they would be based at existing providers. The latest document, seen by FE Week, goes into far more detail about the “next steps” for IoTs, including confirmation that they could be established as “a wholly new institution”. The DfE document, which has not been made public yet, states that the delivery model will not be “one size fits all” because of the “nationwide variance in skills needs and provision”. Instead, bidders looking to establish an IoT will be able to “adopt models best suited to their local needs”. Different delivery and governance models provided include “extending technical education provision from within an existing high-performing college”, “delivery through partnerships of FE and HE”, or “a group of employers partnering with an education provider to create an IoT”. And a further option would be to establish “a wholly new institution where there is...