Across the country teachers have been using the hashtags #teacherworkload and #teacherwellbeing to highlight some of the strains and pressures they are facing in education today.
Surveys conducted in recent years have shown that increased workload inside and outside the classroom has led to longer working hours for teachers in England. This coupled with increasing demands from employers has led to a stress epidemic amongst teachers.
In response to this crisis, the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds has announced new measures to help schools tackle teacher workload and has set out his vision for technology to spearhead the classroom revolution.
"Schools, colleges and universities have the power to choose the tech tools which are best for them and their budgets. But they cannot do this alone. It’s only by forging a strong partnership between government, technology innovators and education sector that there will be sustainable, focused solutions which will ultimately support and inspire the learners of today and tomorrow"
Damian Hinds, Education Secretary
With greater appreciation for the value technology brings to the classroom, the Education Secretary is reaching out to the tech sector and have outlined five areas where technology can offer real impact and make a difference.
- Teacher professional development
- Teaching practices supporting inclusion and improved learning
- Adult education
At Firefly, we’ve seen in hundreds of schools how the right tools can save time, save schools money and to support the great work that teachers are doing.
As part of our continued focus on transforming the school experience for teachers and students, Firefly has launched exciting new features set out to help teachers assess work, collaborate on homework and share workload more easily. Firefly also removes any need to duplicate admin or reporting tasks.
Our aim is to supercharge the learning experience by reducing time spent on unnecessary tasks or burdensome admin. And allow for quality classroom time amplifying the teaching and learning relationship.
We therefore welcome the Education Secretary highlighting how good technology can play a key role in empowering teachers to do what they do best - teach.