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Schools: Bureaucracy

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what average proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teacher's working time was spent (i) completing Government-originated forms and (ii) classroom teaching in the most recent period for which figures are available. (227897)

The Department does not hold any information about the time teachers spend completing Government-originated forms.

The available information on the average number of hours per week spent by teachers about different activities is published by the Office of Manpower Economics (OME) and summarised in the following table:

Average time worked per week by full-time classroom teachers, total hours and proportions spent on grouped activities (March 2008)

Percentage

Primary classroom teachers

Secondary classroom teachers

Teaching

33

38

PPA

33

30

Non-teaching pupil/parent contact

11

14

School/staff management

7

6

General Admin. Support

9

6

Individual/professional activity

6

5

Other

1

1

Total time on all working activities (hours)

52.2

49.9

These figures are based upon a sample survey of around 2,000 teachers in England and Wales during a single week in March 2008. The full report “Teachers’ Workloads Diary Survey” was published in August 2008 and can be found on the OME website at:

http://www.ome.uk.com/review.cfm?body=7