I have yet to meet a single head or senior teacher who can answer this off the top of their heads, but it is easy to work out using government-published figures.

- Teachers work 55.7 hours/week total
^{1}, and spend 9.4 hours/week marking^{2}. That’s 17%. - The average teacher salary is £38,246
^{3}, but we have to add the employer’s NI contribution of 13.8% to give an employer cost of £43,524, ignoring all overheads. - 17% of £43,524 of is £7,399. That’s what we spend on marking per teacher, per year.
- The average secondary school employs 65
^{4}qualified teachers, so the total cost per school is**£480,935**.

I’ll repeat that. The average state secondary school spends just shy of

**half a million pounds a year**on marking.- Is it
*worth*that much? - Could it be done
*more cheaply*? - What would be a
*better use of those resources*?

### **References**

- Classroom teachers in local authority secondary schools, from the Teachers’ Workloads Diary Survey.
- as above.
- Compare school and college performance, Workforce and Finance section.
- As of Jan 2012 there were 3,268 state-funded mainstream secondary schools in England. There are 3,184,728 secondary pupils and a pupil:teacher ratio of 15:1. 3,184,728/3,268/15=65. It may be more useful to you to quote the number of teachers in your own school, and multiply that by £7,399.