Reducing workload: A blueprint for change

The IEU welcomes the release of the NSW Government’s Statement of Expectations and its focus on reducing teacher workload.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car provided NESA with the Statement. It sets out the government’s expectations of the education authority.

“It’s about making things better. It’s about getting initial teacher education more closely aligned with the work of schools and it’s about increasing teacher supply,” former IEU NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Mark Northam said.

“The profession welcomes the new approach. Managing change is complex but we now have a way forward.”

The six points detailed in the Statement of Expectations capture what is necessary to drive change. The administrative burden on teachers should be reduced and the rationale and benefits of any administrative task should be clearly communicated to teachers before requiring them to undertake such tasks.

“The Statement embraces a revised way of thinking, a platform for professional discussions in schools, and importantly, a strong signal to employers that change is desirable,” Northam said.

“Reducing unnecessary workload is a high priority for the Minister. Many such developments have no cost implications and are simply administrative in nature.”

The Statement also foreshadows the possibility of establishing “maximum” requirements, which would provide an upper limit on the work required of teachers and schools.

“The IEU has been making a case for reform and refinement with NESA expectations for many years. We applaud the Minister for Education for listening to the profession.”

Six points from the Statement of Expectations:

  1. Reducing unnecessary workload.
  2. Focusing clear and concise language.
  3. Supporting teachers in implementing the new curriculum.
  4. Addressing teacher supply challenges through teacher training.
  5. Removing barriers for teachers in subjects of greatest need.
  6. Successfully deliver the Higher School Certificate exams and credentials.