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 total1, and spend 9.4 hours/week marking2. That’s 17%.
- The average teacher salary is £38,2463, 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 654 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?
- Classroom teachers in local authority secondary schools, from the Teachers’ Workloads Diary Survey.
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- 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.