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Fourteen sector leaders will make up a workload reduction taskforce charged with slashing five hours from the working week of teachers and school leaders.

A flexible working toolkit for schools will also be launched later this month, with ministers promising to update their 2019 recruitment and retention strategy.

The workload taskforce (see full list of names below) was promised alongside the government’s pay deal with unions to end teacher strikes.

It comes amid forecasts of abysmal teacher recruitment worsening, with government predicted to recruit just over half of the required secondary teachers this year – despite a big increase in bursaries for trainees.

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