Dr Richard Churches

Lead Adviser - Education Reform and Evidence Based Practice, Education Development Trust

Dr Richard Churches is Lead Adviser for Education Reform and Evidence-Based Practice at Education Development Trust. He has led many major large-scale government policy initiatives in England and across the world. He is the author of ‘Teacher-Led Research’ and ‘Neuroscience for Teachers’ (with Eleanor Dommett and Ian Devonshire).


Wellbeing Hub

14 November 2021 | 10:30 - 10:50 | English | Reducing teacher workload in England using the Department for Education workload reduction toolkit

Schools across England collaborated to design experimental and quasi-experimental studies looking at the effect of a wide range of teacher workload reduction strategies on pupil attainment, teacher wellbeing and teacher time. The school workload reduction toolkit is a set of practical resources for school leaders and teachers that aim to help reduce workload in a wide range of areas. The Department for Education first published the toolkit in July 2018. It was produced by school leaders, teachers and other sector experts; together with the Department for Education, drawing on successful workload reduction strategies undertaken by schools. In this session you will learn about the toolkit and how it had positive effects on teacher wellbeing, as well as how reducing workload in key areas (such as planning and marking) was associated with improved pupil progress.