Local Physics teacher and Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Layla Moran, shares her thoughts on the 'Workload Challenge'.
Teachers shape the young minds of the future and help equip the next generation with the skills they need to lead fulfilling lives.
But every time I speak to the teachers in Oxford West and Abingdon, one issue comes up time and again: their battle with bureaucracy. Instead of getting on with the job of teaching, the hands of our educators are often tied in burdensome red tape.
I am a teacher myself and know many colleagues who feel swamped by bureaucracy, forced to do endless form filling, most of which is seen as repetitive or nonsensical.
That is why the Lib Dems have launched ‘The Workload Challenge’ and invited educators to spell out how their workloads could be lightened.
So if you are a teacher and are fed up with bureaucracy in your school get involved and send us your problems, ideas and solutions directly.
It might be that you are weighed down by excessive marking, told to write comments in different colours in students’ books or forced to focus too much on performance management.
Some of this red-tape is, of course, unavoidable. Every school needs to make sure pupils and staff are safe and doing a good job. But should teachers have to fill in multiple risk assessment forms for every off-campus trip when one form would work just as well?
So whatever it is, tell us what clogs up the working day and stops you from actually doing the job you know and love. A panel of teachers will then look at the best ideas and work with Ofsted, unions and other stakeholders to put them into practice.
It’s time to stop the runaway train of bureaucracy in its tracks and let teachers do what they do best - create and plan the best possible lessons and experiences for our children.
In Government, the Lib Dems have already done this for businesses: freeing up money and resources for millions of companies. Now it’s the teaching profession’s turn.
We all know a teacher’s working day does not begin when the school gates open or end the minute the bell rings. So send in your ideas and let’s make sure that most of this time can be spent inspiring the next generation.
I would invite local teachers in Oxford West & Abingdon to join me in taking part with this, which you can do below: