Whitley Bay High School Teaching Alliance

Our DFE research project on workload demonstrated that teachers can share planning to raise standards in less time


Whitley Bay High School has a long standing history of using staff CPD as a model for implementation of research strategies within school. Initially this was through small bespoke Teaching and Learning groups which involved every member of staff.

Since then we have incorporated research into all of our CPD cycles to ensure we are implementing strategies that will undoubtedly improve pedagogy within the school. 

In 2017 we were successful in securing a ‘Reducing Workload’ project with the DFE which reduced time teachers spent planning, but maintained and even improved standards.

We are very keen to continue to act as a research hub for ourselves but also locally and nationally, therefore if you are interested in accessing our research team to consult and support your training, please get in touch with Sharon Armstrong at:

More information regarding the DFE national project is available by following the link below: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reducing-teachers-workload/reducing-teachers-workload

Our findings demonstrated that:

  • 95% of our staff believed the quality of lessons had improved as a result of shared planning.
  • 85% believed shared planning had reduced workload.

"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for running such a successful workshop yesterday. Your explanation of your project, its findings and practical ideas schools could adapt and use to reduce workload was spectacular and was very much appreciated."

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We also are available to help your leadership reduce workload and improve standards. If you would like us to consult you on any CPD programme, contact us via the link below.

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