📑 The education minister’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea*

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When will governments learn their lesson? Worksheets won’t fix workload crisis.

Alison Bedford and Naomi Barnes respond to the proposal to produce centralised planning resources as a means alleviating pressure. They discuss problems with past projects, such as Curriculum to Classroom (C2C) reforms, whether it be limits to the resources, copyright requirements, and safe options. The issue they suggest is not planning, but workload.

The clear and obvious solution to relieving pressure on teachers is an ongoing investment in additional staff: learning support experts, sports and arts co-curricular supervisors, and professional pastoral staff.  Recognising teachers’ professional expertise as educators and giving them the time to do their core business well is the real answer to the teaching crisis, not handing out another worksheet.

Jo Lambert raises similar concerns responding to pressures around recruiting when there are still structural issues at play:

We have a teacher workforce issue without a doubt. We need more teachers urgently. But some of us are nervous about recruiting new teachers at the same time as we are sorting out their workplace conditions.

Gill Light also shares a teacher’s perspective on how to fix the teacher shortage, including career structure, raise the profile, change the model, and letting teachers’ teach.

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