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Last reviewed on 20 December 2019
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School types: All · School phases: All

Keen to address workload but don't know where to start? See the wood from the trees with Kensington Primary School's democratic, no-nonsense way to spot and solve the biggest burdens for everyone on your staff team.

What's different about this?

  • It's a quick way to separate tasks that are "unnecessary" from those that have an actual impact on pupil outcomes
  • Staff drive it: all staff are involved and have their views heard on the real, sometimes hidden, impact of tasks on their own workload
  • It brings about real change: if enough staff vote to 'ditch' or 'tweak' something, that's what the school does

It’ll work for you if you're ...

  • Open to making big changes to reduce staff workload
  • Willing to put everything your school does on the table – nothing is sacred
  • Willing to have honest and sometimes challenging conversations with your staff 

Secondary schools could adapt the steps below to run this exercise within departments, or at a whole-school and department level, depending on your structure and context. Kensington Primary

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