In 2018, teachers in NSW public schools engaged in a research project and survey commissioned by Federation and conducted by the University of Sydney and Curtin University.
Researchers received 18,234 responses from teachers, executives and principals in public schools and findings were reported in the final report, “Understanding work in schools: the foundations for teaching and learning”.
Click here for the full report: Understanding work in schools: The foundation for teaching and learning 2018.
First released in July 2018 results were utilised in negotiations with the Department of Education. This resulted in the department outlining an approach aimed at reducing administrative and compliance tasks and building more system-level support for schools in the Special Edition of School Biz – “Reducing the Administrative Burden” December 2018.
A hard copy of the report and a guide to assist individuals and Federation Workplace Committees in addressing workload concerns has been sent to all schools. Click here for: A guide to addressing workload issues for schools.
This report built on a qualitative study conducted by Sydney University in “Teaching and Learning: Review of Workload 2017”.
The work of teachers is complex. Federation will continue to negotiate with the Department to reduce and remove excessive administrative and compliance demands and seek more system level support for schools.