Teachers, time and work: Findings from the Evaluation of the Transforming the School Workforce Pathfinder Project

Helen Gunter, Steve Rayner, Hywel Thomas, Antony Fielding, Graham Butt, Ann Lance

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Abstract

Teacher's work and workload have been major factors in the recruitment, retention and revitalization of the profession. In January 2003 the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) launched a major reform known as remodelling, by which the work-life balance would be improved by freeing teachers up to teach, and using other members of the workforce (teaching and learning support assistants, administrators and bursars, technicians and welfare and counselling staff) to take on work that teachers need no longer do. This reform is in progress, and while there is anecdotal evidence of both the benefits and concerns of remodelling, there is no formal research evidence. However, prior to this initiative the DfES trialled these changes in 32 pilot schools, and a team from the University of Birmingham evaluated it. In this paper we examine this data with regard to the possibilities and opportunities afforded by remodelling and we consider how the pilot data generates important questions and illuminates contradictions in the modernization project.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-454
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Leadership and Management
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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