Core Visit 2, ERW 2017

In 2017, ERW has agreed on a focus area for every school as part of Core Visit 2. It is a requirement that each Challenge Adviser evaluates to what extent the school is taking positive steps to reduce workload for teachers in the context of teacher feedback.

Many prominent research findings state that marking practices that do not have the desired impact on pupil outcomes is a time-wasting burden for teachers. The time is right therefore for the region to focus on the making, self-assessment, peer assessment, learning dialogues and inventive planning processes that are established in many schools.

Core Visit 2 is an excellent opportunity to collate the evidence about effective practices that impacts on pupil progress BUT reduces the workload for teachers. Following the visits, there will be a consultation process with the key bodies and ERW will produce a manageable document on the way forward.

It is exciting times in the world of education and it is appropriate that reducing teacher workload has the appropriate focus.

Local Authorites Swansea-Abertawe Neath Port Talbot - Castell Nedd Port-Talbot Ceredigion Carmarthenshire - Sir Gaerfyrddin Pembrokeshire-Sir Benfro Powys

ERW is an alliance of 6 local authorities governed by a legally constituted joint committee. Its aim is to implement the agreed regional strategy and business plan to support school improvement.