#130 – Saving teachers time
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This episode was recorded at The Edtech Podcast Festival 2018 and is sponsored by Cool Initiatives. Thanks to The Teacher Toolkit Podcast for leading the discussion. You can register your interest for the next festival here.
What’s in this episode?
This week on the podcast we look at the critical issue of saving teachers time. Where can tech help? And where do new tech solutions add to workload? Plus, a quick cutaway to an edtech podcast listener and throwback to past Cool Initiatives competition winners Flash Academy.
- Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
- Cameron Mohammed, Teacher of STEAM| Twitter: @cleftasunder
- Ross Morrison McGill, Founder, Teacher Toolkit | Twitter: @RossMcGill
- Rory McGrath, Deputy Headteacher, New Wave Federation | Twitter: @rjmgteach
- James Bowen, Director, NAHT Edge,The NAHT Podcast | Twitter: @JamesJkbowen
- Laura McInerney, Co-Founder of TeacherTapp | Twitter: miss_mcinerney
- Veejay Lingiah, Founder, Flash Academy | Twitter: @FlashAcademy_HQ
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Quotes from this episode
“Workload is pretty intense. We’ve found that use of our technical devices has allowed a more flexible approach to that workload.”
“We have thrown out our system of assessment. It was weighing the pig constantly. Now it is streamlined, not the minutae.”
On flexible working: “I think that is driving workload (that feels flexible but that is actually quite bad for you.)”
A good question to ask is: “Do you feel that the expectations on you are realistic?”
“What’s driving the workload? If you go to specifics, it’s the marking, it’s the data entry, and the planning.”
On inspections: “So much is preparing things just in case.”
“If you’re not sleeping at night…that level of stress is as much a problem as the workload.”
On email: “I wonder if this is one of those cases where technology allowed us to do more so we did more.?” email
“The joint headship” – It’s a recognition that it’s an enormous job. It allows us to have our family life and be a headteacher.” It reflects the scale and the enormity of the job.”
Shacklewell Primary School
Department for Education Workload Reduction Toolkit
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