Addressing headteachers at the annual conference of the Association of Schools and College Lectures (ASCL) today, Mr Hinds said: “Right now, we have so many brilliant teachers in our schools… but, with rising pupil numbers, I recognise that recruitment and retention is difficult for schools.
“And, clearly, one of the biggest threats to retention, and also to recruitment, is workload. Too many of our teachers and our school leaders are working too long hours – and on non-teaching tasks that are not helping children to learn.
“We need to get back to the essence of successful teaching – strip away the workload that doesn’t add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually matters.”
Mr Hinds also announced a new strategy to boost retention and recruitment of teachers. The number of secondary school teachers has been falling since 2010, while secondary school pupil numbers are due to increase by 540,000 – almost 20 per cent – by 2025, according to the Department for Education’s (DfE) official forecast.