Guidance: Reducing workload: identify the issues in your school

Updated: Updated 'Identifying the issues in your school - workshop for staff to discuss survey findings' powerpoint. Added 'Practical tool: reducing workload as part of the school ethos in Kensington Primary School' and 'Practical tool: example of a staff survey using Microsoft Forms at Anderton Park Primary School'.

Audit tools to help schools find out what tasks and which areas staff are spending time on.

You should decide which audit tools are most appropriate to use in your school:

workload survey - for all staff (10 minutes and time for collation and analysis) structured conversation template - for groups (30 minutes to 1 hour) impact graph template - for groups (20 minutes)


identifying the issues (1 hour) - deciding how to act on the results of your audit with staff using impact graphs (1 hour) - for senior leaders to measure the impact of different tasks on workload and discuss with staff

Practical tools:

how to use software to conduct a workload survey which collates results – includes a school template (you’ll require separate software) using an INSET day to focus on ‘what gets in the way of teaching?’ to help reduce workload

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

This is stage 1. When you’ve gathered the information you need you can use the workshops in stage 2.


We would like to thank all of the staff in schools who have contributed their time to write and share the practical examples found on this page.

Local copy of Identifying_the_issues_workshop.pptx
Local copy of Kensington_Primary_School_Workload_Reduction.docx
Local copy of ii._Example_Staff_Workload_Survey.docx
Local copy of Anderton_Park_Primary_School_Survey_Example.pdf
Local copy of iii._Example_Structured_Conversation_Template.docx
Local copy of iv._Identifying_the_issues_in_your_school_using_Impact_Graphs.pptx
Local copy of v._Impact_Graph_Template.docx

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