The value of nothing

We’re told there were 44,000 responses to the teachers workload challenge, with more than 20,000 providing answers to the open questions.

Let’s assume 5 minutes to fill in the basic form and another 25 minutes to answer the open questions. That’s 12,000 teacher hours.

We’re told that every single one of the responses was read by someone at DfE. They even showed a picture of them all printed out. Although it didn’t look like enough paper for 44,000 replies to me.

Let’s assume 2 minutes to read a simple form and 10 minutes to read one where the open questions were answered. That’s 4,800 civil servant hours. More than two person years.

We’re told an external agency reviewed over 16,000 of these responses and analysed the hell out of them.

Lets assume that these people don’t work just for the love of it and that the report cost somewhere north of £20,000.

We’re told that Ofsted have agreed to stop changing the framework and handbook every few weeks.

Lets assume that there were numerous meetings between various parties to get agreement on this.

We’re told, in a report published on the DfE website that DfE will stop changing things every few days (unless they really have to, promise).

Let’s assume that there were various meetings between various parties to get agreement on this. Let’s also assume that special attention had to be paid to ensuring the Deputy PM was happy, as he seems to like special attention being paid to him. Let’s further assume that the report didn’t write itself, so that took someone some time as well.

Let’s not mention the interview in the TES as that’s just a bit of electioneering.

All that time used, all that money spent and all those egos stroked. Anyone want to hazard a guess at how much time the report will save you over the coming year?


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