You said, We listened May 2023

Thank you to all those that have taken part in the workload parties over the past six months.

Below is a summary of what we’ve achieved, upcoming changes and details of longer-term projects.

You saidWe did
More subject leadership time required36 extra non-contact days/Primary school: for subject leadership time enabling colleagues time for evaluating and planning
Too many data dropsData drops reduced from three to two: Advent and Pentecost only
Too much monitoringMonitoring: the DPS team removed the time spent on observations and focused their time on other evaluating activities i.e. Book Looks/Subject Leader conversations etc
Not enough time in school for planningPlanning: the DPS team developed and shared subject leader exemplar planning with Primary colleagues
Network meetings not well planned over the yearBlocked Network meetings: these were blocked over a two week period rather than being scattered across the term
More time for well-beingWell-being Afternoon for all staff @ the February Inset day
CPD opportunities for Support staffSupport staff ‘Workshops’ on the Well-being day @ the February Inset Day
You said the following needed to be addressedWe are working on for September 2023
Workload Charter from the TrustIn development
Online compliance CPD too long and wordyThrough a robust procurement process, a new provider has been contracted for Sept 2023. Implementation to take place this term with Super Users
Time within the school day to complete compliance trainingHead teachers have been asked to ensure the time is given for all staff to complete Safeguarding Training during the September Inset day
Too much time spent on feedback and marking and has the greatest impact on work/life balance and little impact on pupil progressThe Primary and Secondary Assessment steering group have worked on a Toolkit which will be available from Sept 2023
Out-of-hours emails were an issue for some staffWe are introducing Communications Guidance which sets out the Trust expectations around communication including protocols for emails
Difficult conversations with parents take up a lot of timeProduced a Trust-Home-School Agreement which some schools are already using but will be in place for all schools from Sept 2023
Pupil behaviour is taking up a large amount of teacher timeProvided information about ELSA Training at a reduced cost. Also highlighted the opportunities for Forest School CPD. We are also looking at setting up ‘enhanced’ provisions within schools
Writing on CPOMs was taking up too much timeThe DSL Steering group delivered training to all DSLs at the Lent term Network. One page guide being produced to support ALL staff
ThemesUpcoming in the next 12-24 months
Performance ManagementAcross the diocese there is move towards focusing on improving individual CPD to further upskill the workforce
MIS SystemsWe are looking at whether some of our systems can be merged i.e. data/behaviour/registration etc
Support staff cover for teachersWe are looking at how to recompense support staff for cover time
Too many after school meetingsIn the Lent term 2023, we have piloted daytime networks and are looking at the practicalities of this for 2023-24
Support for increased parental engagementWe are looking into training for support staff within schools for different types of role i.e. Family Support workers/ELSAs/Forest School leads; this is part of our inclusion strategy

This is not an exhaustive list and we will continue with the working parties to further develop the initiatives above and introduce new initiatives that come from the further staff surveys.