Letting teachers teach: Embracing automated paperless workflows

Australian teachers overworked, spend too long on repetitive admin tasks

Teachers are a hard working lot. That’s a fact we’ve all known for some time.

Teachers in Australia also work some of the longest hours compared to other occupations and fellow teachers from other OECD nations. And, there’s strong evidence to suggest that their extra efforts aren’t contributing to better learning outcomes.

Workin’ 9 till 5? Pardon me Miss Parton, but you’re a little passé

The results of the latest iteration of the OECD’s research into global education trends — the 2018 Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) — was recently released.

Out of the 31 countries included in the comprehensive study, Australian teachers averaged the sixth longest working week.

Dolly Parton

Over 6,500 teachers and 450 principals from a broad cross section of Australian primary and secondary schools participated in TALIS 2018.

The findings follow the two previous versions of the TALIS reported, published in 2008 and 2013. And, there’s plenty of other data to back that up.

For example, the University of Sydney’s 2018 report, Understanding Work in Schools, surveyed some 18,000 primary and secondary teachers in NSW, finding that respondents are working an average of 54 hours per week, with “increasing administrative demands” a primary culprit.

Overburdened by admin

In fact, the Understanding Work in Schools study also reported that a staggering 91 percent of survey participants were now experiencing a level of administrative demand so high that it was a “hindrance” to their job.

Administrative Demand on Teachers

Unfortunately, the latest TALIS study aligns with these local findings. TALIS 2018 found that while Australian teachers were working longer hours, they also spent less time in the classroom and on teaching related tasks than their average OECD counterpart.


Why? Because Australian teachers spend around 25 hours a week on non-teaching tasks. That’s nearly seven hours more than the OECD average (18.2).

Japan, England and New Zealand were the only countries where teachers spent longer on non-teaching tasks, with “skyrocketing administration requirements” a key finding.

This escalating situation might not quite be enough to drive people crazy, but it is enough to remove focus from educational outcomes and drive teachers from the profession.

A study by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health surveyed some 450 “early stage” teachers across NSW, estimating that 40 percent of teaching graduates will quit within five years, citing  “endless admin and less actual teaching” as some of the fundamental reasons behind the potential exodus.

And, with standards and requirements regarding data gathering, reporting, permissions, compliance and student safety only increasing, what’s the solution to this administrative quagmire?

Over to you: Automate, digitize and streamline

CareMonkey is a best-of-breed software solution for helping schools automate the request, capture and communication of student information and permissions in streamlined workflows that save time, money, reduce paperwork and repetitive tasks.

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With online schools forms and approval workflows, digital field trip management and incident reporting, centralised student medical records and action plans, CareMonkey empowers teachers and schools to reduce the admin burden, go paper free, and better manager their duty-of-care.

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