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Ofsted say: ‘Don’t take too much evidence’

Teachers close to burn out as stress levels rise
There has been even more evidence produced that teachers are dangerously close to burn out. The 2019 Teacher Wellbeing report conducted by the charity Education Support alongside YouGov released 11th November 2019 found that 84% of teachers described themselves as ‘stressed’ and 72% cited 'workload' as the main reason.
TES noted that the survey showed that 44% of teachers had been tearful at work in 2019, compared to just 29% in 2018.
Whilst The Guardian picked up on another study conducted by Ofsted on teachers' wellbeing, which found that Ofsted itself is a major source of pressure, revealing that teachers put in more than 50 hours a week on average, while headteachers worked 57 hours a week in termtime.
The report said that teachers cited the most stressful parts of the job as data collection and 'ticking boxes' required for Ofsted, with inspections regarded as a source of stress because of the increased administrative workload.
Government have now updated their guidelines for managing teacher workload and Ofsted have altered their inspectorate framework to state that Ofsted inspectors not only must not look at any data used to produce assessment results, but that too much teaching evidence can actually go against a school, and be viewed as a waste of resources.
As a general rule, Earwig is brilliant at saving time and stress when it comes to taking, managing and presenting teaching evidence.

However, in some schools that I visit, the teachers are so keen that they simply use the time saved to take more evidence, most of which is completely unnecessary. This seems to be particularly the case in special schools. There may be occasions when you need to create more than a couple of records a week for a pupil, but they should not be many.
If you are doing this regularly, perhaps you should ask yourself why. Who is this benefitting? Who requires it? Certainly, not Ofsted.
This may sound a strange thing for a teaching evidence provider to say but, sometimes it’s worth stepping back and considering whether, in this area, maybe less could be more.
Peter Gelardi
CEO Earwig

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