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Last reviewed on 4 July 2018
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School leaders like you have stopped many time-consuming tasks in their school without negatively impacting pupil outcomes. See what you and your team can stop doing too.

Top 5 things to stop doing

Workload poll - Q1 Bubble

1. Deep marking 

A clear winner across all phases and types of school (rural and urban).

2. Written lesson plans 

Primary leaders are more likely than their secondary counterparts to choose written lesson plans as the top time-intensive, low-impact task they've stopped doing (22% and 14% respectively).

For small schools, scrapping written lesson plans has most reduced teacher workload - 17 small school leaders chose this as their number 1 time-saver. 

3. Extended written reports 

This was more pronounced among secondary leaders, where 16% said this has made the biggest difference to their workload, compared to 9% in primary.

4. Excessively reporting pupil achievement data 

More secondary schools have scrapped excessive data requirements than primary (14 and 12 respectively).

5. Unnecessary meetings 

The biggest time-saver for 6% of schools surveyed. 

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