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Teacher Workload: Using ICT to Release Time to Teach


Educational Review Volume 57, Number 2, ISSN 0013-1911


Teacher workload has been a recurrent concern in education in England and Wales for a number of years. One possible solution that has been put forward is the greater use of information and communications technology (ICT). In the spring of 2002, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) launched a 1-year initiative called the Transforming School Workforce (TSW) Pathfinder Project, and this was evaluated by a team from the University of Birmingham. One of the ways of reducing teachers' workload envisaged by the DfES was increased use of ICT. The data presented in this article comes from the aforementioned evaluation and concerns teachers changing perceptions of, access to, issues relating to training in, and use of ICT, and their beliefs concerning the use of ICT. Overall, teachers believed the TSW Project helped to reduce workload, making them more productive as teachers. Changes likely to have contributed to this included: far greater access to ICT facilities both in terms of hardware at home, and sole access at school; increased daily use of ICT by teachers; an increase in teachers' confidence in the use of ICT and changes in teachers' views on the quality of ICT training (although their satisfaction with training received was still not high).


Selwood, I. & Pilkington, R. (2005). Teacher Workload: Using ICT to Release Time to Teach. Educational Review, 57(2), 163-174. Retrieved January 27, 2020 from .

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