Hutchings, M. , Seeds, K., Coleman, N., Harding, C. , Mansaray, A., Maylor, U. – Minty, S., – Pickering, E. (2009) Aspects of school staff reorganization: strategies used and impact on workload and standard: report [report on demand from the DCSF] , London: DCSF Highly effective teachers, especially those who work hard in the hard work of the hard work of the staff , are a scarce resource. Districts and states should call on teachers and manage all teachers to maximize the value of this scarce resource. It is important to bring the most talented educators to the students who need the most support and to minimize staff turnover in the most needed schools and classrooms. Teacher effectiveness, teacher assignment and teacher engagement are determinants of human capital that have a direct impact on students, schools and district budgets. In this context, teacher tasks should be done on a voluntary basis – on the basis of the agreement of the teacher and the school principal – and on the basis of the teacher`s results and the likelihood of getting more to the school where he or she aspires to a task.
The conference decided yesterday to convene a meeting of trade unions that have again approved the transformation contract for the revision of implementation. Few would find the fault of Nick Clegg`s goal of “giving our teachers more time to do what they do best: create and plan the best lessons and experiences for our children.” But are new reforms induced by the Workload Challenge aimed at reducing teachers` working hours or helping them cope with their workload in the hours they work? Or both. Conference heard about some local gains from the agreement for members. In barnet, controlled by the Tories, the local union department managed to increase peak salaries for university professors to $25,000, with an average increase of $3,000 for support staff. Two large-scale studies conducted in English and Welsh schools show that the delegation of routine administrative tasks of teachers to support staff has given teachers more time for planning, evaluation and teaching (Hutchings et al., 2009). Benefits have also been found in terms of reducing workload and improving teachers` perceptions of stress and job satisfaction (Blatchford et al., 2012).