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Teachers: Working hours

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate his Department has made of the hours an average (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher spends on planning, preparation, assessment and other administration in each seven day period; and if he will make a statement. (147546)

Information on the hours and working patterns of teachers is collected via the ‘Teachers’ Workloads Diary Survey’ that is published by the Office of Manpower Economics. The most recent results relate to a single week in March 2006. The survey showed that on average full-time classroom teachers in primary schools spent 14.2 hours on ‘Lesson planning/Marking’1 and 5.0 hours on ‘General Admin’2. Full-time classroom teachers in secondary schools spent 14.8 hours on ‘Lesson planning /Marking’1 and 3.0 hours on ‘General Admin’2.

We expect that the results of the 2007 survey will be published in the next couple of months.

1 Lesson planning / Marking includes: planning/preparing lesson, practical test or assessment (including gathering materials); assessing/marking pupil work (including exam/test); writing reports on pupil progress (e.g. end of term report); other non-contact activities relating to a class or lesson.

2 General admin includes: keeping records on pupil performance (e.g. for National Curriculum, school records, examination boards etc.); keeping records or department records (excluding those on pupil performance); organising resources and premises (e.g. building, equipment, books, computers); displaying / mounting pupils’ work or information for pupils; setting up / tidying classroom, lab or other teaching area; simple clerical activity (e.g. photocopying, filing, routine form filling/database entry); other kinds of administrative activities.