Beating Back Bureaucracy
Now, it couldn't be easier to cut down the stress of being a teacher! NUT and NAS/UWT are taking joint action to cut down on workload and stress. All members of NUT are being positively encouraged to refuse to undertake excessive workload. All you have to do is say NO! The union will back you. Schools that haven't already should arrange a joint NUT/NASUWT meeting to decide what action you both wish to take. Then inform the Head what has been decided. You might, for example decide that at 4.30, after the maximum of one hour, members will leave meetings. Listed below is the policy on workload.
• No more than one meeting per week on average of not more than 60 minutes.
• No morning briefings unless staff want them. Briefing time to be deducted from the maximum 1 hour.
• No meetings at Lunchtime. This is not within Directed Time or 1265 hrs.
• Parents evenings count as meetings.
• Targets to be set only once each year. Targets to be reviewed once a year.
• Lesson plans to be updated annually. Only one report per pupil each year.
• Members should not be asked to write any documents of more than 400 words. This includes school reports.