Workload Challenge Research Data Project

Workload Challenge Research Project: Data Use

We are delighted to be working in partnership with three local Teaching Schools and the Institute of Education on a Research and Development project focusing on the Workload Challenge: Data Use.

In October 2014, the government launched the workload challenge. This was a month-long survey where teachers were asked for their views on how to reduce unnecessary workload.

The survey asked about:

  • unnecessary or unproductive tasks
  • strategies that work in schools to manage workload
  • what government and schools can do to minimise workload

More than 44,000 people responded to the workload challenge and in 2015 the findings were published.

The government now wants to research this at a more in depth regional level with the hope of being able to make recommendations and to share good practice with schools.

As a result, EKLA, alongside three other Teaching Schools, will be working collaboratively to explore ways to reduce data workload without having a negative impact on pupils and progress.

Aims of the project:

  1. Develop and test new practice
  2. Explore culture around workload
  3. Establish ways to bring about change
  4. Raise awareness
  5. Bring about change

What is required?

  1. Work with researchers and partners to investigate issues associated with reducing workload.
  2. Explore the impact of existing school culture and workload
  3. Develop and test practical and innovative solutions to teacher workload
  4. Investigate ways in which wider school organisational issues may affect workload in the 3 report areas.
  5. Evaluate the impact of the project in the classroom and its effect on reducing teacher workload without compromising pupil outcomes
  6. Ensure that your research project is rigorous and robust.

I am delighted to inform you that five of our schools; The Canterbury Academy, Dane Court Grammar School, The King Ethelbert School, Herne Infant and Nursery School and Joy Lane Primary School have agreed to take part in this project.

Through this piece of Research we hope to make recommendations to the government and share good practice with schools. 

The final report will be published in August 2017.