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Supporting early career teachers: Reducing teacher workload

Supporting early career teachers: reducing teacher workload

Materials to help school leaders and staff support teachers in the early stages of their career, to help reduce workload.


Supporting teachers in the early stages of their career


We’ve prepared this advice to help school leaders, and other staff, support teachers in the early stages of their teaching careers.

Read the case studies and examples below to see what other schools are doing to support their teachers.

We have also published advice, ‘Addressing workload in initial teacher education’, to support ITE providers to take action to reduce the workload of trainee teachers and their partnership schools.

Our 3-stage guide to ‘Reducing workload in your school’ explains how to use the workload toolkit.

These materials are part of stage 2. Stage 1 contains tools to help you carry out a workload audit, and stage 3 contains tools to help you evaluate the changes you’ve made after a workload review.

What works in schools


The department would like to thank Michael Green from the University of Greenwich for his work on developing this advice, and to the schools and initial teacher education providers who have contributed to its development. We would also like to thank all those who have contributed their time to share their practical examples and case studies linked from this page.

Published 21 July 2018 
Last updated 15 March 2019 – hide all updates

  1. Revised advice, reflecting the latest research, to support workload reduction for teachers in the early stages of their career. Updated the list of what works in schools links on the page.
  2. First published.

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