SSTA prepared to take action to cut Teacher Workload

The SSTA has completed an Indicative Ballot of its members to assess the measures proposed by the Government to reduce teacher workload with a focus on the assessment required for National Qualifications. This was in response to SSTA members across Scotland asking for some action to be taken to address the workload that is demoralising teachers in the current qualification cycle.

Seamus Searson, SSTA General Secretary said “the ballot clearly shows that members are unhappy with the current proposals with 91% of respondents prepared take industrial action short of strike action. 64% are prepared to take strike action if necessary”.

The ballot also found that

  • The Government’s ‘Tackling Bureaucracy Report – March 2015’ had not reduced workload in 96% of schools.
  • 96% of respondents lacked confidence in the proposed SQA measures to reduce workload in the 2016-17 session.
  • 94% of respondents lacked confidence in the proposed SQA measures to reduce workload in the future.

Seamus Searson added “Teachers have insufficient time to carry out the over-bureaucratic arrangements set out by Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). The SSTA is requesting that the new Cabinet Secretary John Swinney together with Local Authorities, as the employers of teachers, take control of the situation and impose limits on teacher time being spent on such activities that are taking teachers away from teaching and learning”.

Euan Duncan, SSTA President said “Much of a teacher’s time is now taken up with SQA assessments and verification of assessments within their school and local area. Should any teacher decide to keep their working week within the ‘working time agreement’, the reality is that they would be unable to develop the necessary resources for learning and teaching”.


Further information from

Seamus Searson
General Secretary

0131 313 7300

7 June 2016

Published on 07 June 2016 - Information for Members / Press Releases

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