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Teacher Workload and Retention Conference

University of Portsmouth, Room 2.14 Dennis Sciama Building, University of Portsmouth, Burnaby Road
Course Tutors
Callum Murphy
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Target Audience
Headteacher / Primary Schools Teaching staff / Secondary Schools Teaching staff / Special Schools Teaching Staff
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Course Types
Course categories
All Schools / Training for PCC Staff
Conferences, Webinars and other External Events / Management and Leadership Skills / School Improvement
Course description

In order to address the growing teacher shortage in Portsmouth and nationally we need to look at teacher retention alongside teacher recruitment.  DfE recognise high teacher workload as a major barrier to teacher recruitment and retention.  We also know that well-being issues can affect teachers and school leaders as well as their pupils.

At this half-day conference Portsmouth school leaders will be invited to consider real-life examples where changes have been successfully implemented and had a positive impact on staff morale.  Delegates will explore what practical steps can be taken to create a school culture that reduces workload and supports the well-being of all working in Portsmouth schools.

The conference programme will feature

  • Sean Harford, Ofsted's national director of education;

  • Janine Ashman, Deputy Head of St Peter's CE Primary, Somerset, and a member of the DfE working group on workload, who specialises in assessment.

  • Head Teachers and senior leaders from a number of Portsmouth schools sharing the practical actions they have taken to reduce workload and improve well-being. 

Training objectives

The aim of the conference is to equip Portsmouth head teachers and senior leaders with practical ideas and inspiration that they can take back to their own schools, as well as fostering collaboration between schools.

Learning outcomes

  • To learn about successful practice, nationally and in Portsmouth, in relation to addressing teacher workload and supporting wellbeing.

  • To hear directly from Ofsted about their expectations in areas that have a significant impact on workload.

  • To receive practical ideas and tips to use in your own school.

  • To network with Portsmouth colleagues who may be able to provide further support and challenge in taking forward workload reduction and well-being initiatives in your school.

Additional Information

This conference is being provided free of charge.  Please note that a £50 charge will be made for delegates who are booked onto the conference and do not attend.



Start Date
Thursday 5 March 2020
End Date
Thursday 5 March 2020
Closing Date
Wednesday 4 March 2020
09:45 - 13:15
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