Produced by Christalla Jamil, 11/08/2020
What prompted me to take action?
I took on the headship of my previous school in the May 2013. A few weeks after we had an Ofsted monitoring visit resulting in a ‘requires improvement’ grade. Pressure was on to get to ‘good’ in a set framework of time. We achieved ‘good’ in 2015 and also had a couple of outstanding areas. It was now time for me to look at reducing teacher workload with a renewed energy to impact on wellbeing.
I began to realise that in order to meet the additional pressures I was forcing on my staff, linked to our marking and feedback policy in 2015, the only thing to help them manage, was to provide additional time for staff to cope. Since then, we have frequently reviewed the policy and the current streamlined version is no longer called a marking and feedback policy….