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PedagooHampshire Presentation

Less is More – Strategies to Reduce Workload

At last year’s Pedagoo Hampshire event I presented on Less is More – Marking with a Purpose. Since then there has been progress across the country on reducing teacher workload resulting from marking and feedback and I’m pleased to see so many of the strategies mentioned being used by so many.


This year I thought I’d share some strategies I use in the classroom on a day to day basis that help me to manage and reduce my workload as well as approaches I’ve come across from others that might be of use and interest. Overall I aim to discuss the workload issue and offer a few solutions to support you.

I wanted to keep my presentation in the theme of reducing workload in order to improve wellbeing.

Sound of interest? You’ll find me session 3 in the MAIN HALL (yup, you read that right!?!)

Hope to see some of you there.


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PedagooHampshire16 – Starting the Conversation on Marking


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I’ve no doubt we all understand the role and importance of effective marking and feedback in student progress but how can we deliver this without detriment to our work/life balance?

As part of my #PedagooHampshire16 learning conversation I’ll be sharing many of my own tried and tested ideas as well as tips that can help to reduce the amount of time we spend providing feedback without compromising its quality.

In addition I’ll be encouraging discussion around the topic of ‘Marking with a Purpose’ where there will be an opportunity to explore the issues and solutions surrounding the provision of feedback.

To get you thinking in advance of the session, below are some questions to help inspire your thoughts.

  • – How does marking and providing feedback impact upon your work/life balance?
  • – What is the biggest issue for you associated with marking and feedback?
  • – Does your schools marking policy impact upon your work/life balance? If so what could be change to ensure they are not detrimental to our work/life balance?
  • – What other ways are there that we can provide high quality feedback without the consumption of vast amounts of time?
  • – What other formats of feedback can we give to achieve the same outcomes?
  • – What marking and feedback techniques have worked for you to maintain a work/life balance?
  • – How do we make verbal feedback as valuable as written feedback? Should we be evidencing it?

Feel free to suggest other questions for us to ponder and discuss on the day.

If you’d like to attend you can sign up for free here.

Thanks to @martynreah who is hosting this years great line, click here to find out more about some of the great learning conversations that will be taking place.

To find out more reasons why you should attend check out these posts

Julie HunterPedagoo Hampshire 2016

KERRY MACFARLANE – Pedagoo Personalised CPD

Jenna Lucas – Personalised CPD @PedagooHampshire

Lesley Munro – Why I’m going to PedagooHampshire16

Amy Jeetley – Why am I going to PedagooHampshire16?

Hope to see you there!

Mrs Humanities