Budgets, Budgets, Budgets.
It's that time of year again. Budgets can give staff who work in schools nightmares! In t...
As reported in today’s The Guardian, this is the largest walkout of teachers ever in the country. Key issues for teachers in the government system, which accounts for most schools in New Zealand, includes:
Points one and three are issues that must be solved with better policy decisions and increased funding. The Education Minister has warned that more funding is unlikely.
But, the point I’d like to make is that burnout, stress and the overwhelming of teachers has been on the rise for some time. This is one of the reasons my team at EdSmart, which comprise some former teachers wanting to be part of the solution, are intent on reducing paperwork for teachers (and parents too, by the way).
This is not a problem just for New Zealand. Research in Australia last year also found evidence that teachers were disenchanted and struggling with ever-increasing paperwork demands.
The UK underwent a nationwide research project into the teaching profession in recent years and the findings were similar - teachers are spending much of their time on paperwork and compliance, which is taking them away from teaching.
Administrative paperwork is something that can now go completely digital. The NZ Ministry of Education, and other government MOE’s worldwide, need to look at and deploy systems that make compliance and other paperwork an easy, quick, digital experience.
Teachers and the quality of their work-lives is at stake here.
We’re past the point of access being an issue. Every teacher we talk to has a mobile phone, access to a laptop or other mobile device like an iPad. With access to a digital system that can be then be accessed by these devices, compliance and paperwork should be easy and no fuss.
Teachers enter their profession to teach. Many are inspired and excited to show a new generation how to fall in love with learning and knowledge.
Isn’t it time we supported them in that desire?