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MORRIS CUTS THROUGH RED TAPE IN SCHOOLS

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Schools standards minister Estelle Morris today published plans to ...
Schools standards minister Estelle Morris today published plans to

cut through red tape freeing teachers from unnecessary bureaucracy

and giving them more time to teach.

Ms Morris said:

'Three days ago we announced a substantial change to the National

Curriculum taught in primary schools. By streamlining the compulsory

subjects available, teachers will be given more time and greater

flexibility to concentrate on the basics. Literacy and numeracy are

crucial to children's future life chances which is why we set such

great store by them.

'As a further measure to free teachers' time to concentrate on the

essentials, I am publishing a report today which will cut through red

tape. It shows that we have been listening to teachers who are

concerned about the time unnecessary form-filling takes which could

be better spent in the classroom.

'The report recommends:

- reducing the burden of consultations by, for example, sampling the views of a representative number of schools rather than consulting

every school on every occasion

- setting up a pilot to demonstrate how schools can run effectively with streamlined, high quality administrative systems

- a systematic review of the administrative demands the government places on teachers

- simplifying the bidding process for schools seeking funds from DfEE

- developing a wide range of best practice materials to help teachers and school managers reduce bureaucracy: these to be published on the Internet

'To ensure that these recommendations bear fruit, the department will

be creating a new division which will look exclusively at this

problem. Current and new policies will all be checked to keep

administration to a minimum. Teachers should be free to teach not

slaves to paperwork.'

NOTES

1. The Working Group on Reducing the Bureaucratic Burden on Teachers

was set up by Estelle Morris on 18 July 1997. It brought together a

wide range of expertise and experience with representatives from

teacher unions, local government, industry, school governors and

national organisations that work with schools. They have looked at

ways of cutting unnecessary administrative burdens imposed by central

government, local government and schools themselves.

2. The list of members is as follows:

Peter Owen (chair) Director General for Schools, DfEE

Denis Allnut Director, Analytical Services, DfEE

Nick Sanders Director, School Curriculum,

Funding and Teachers, DfEE

Peter Smith General Secretary,

Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Nigel de Gruchy General Secretary, National Association of

schoolmasters / Union of Women Teachers

Rowie Shaw Director of Professional Services,

National Association of Head Teachers

John Bangs Assistant Secretary, National Union of Teachers

David Jones Acting General Secretary,

Professional Association of Teachers

Colin Broomfield Head of Cheshunt School, Honorary Secretary,

Secondary Heads Association

Pat Petch Chair of National Governors' Council

John Fowler Local Government Association

Greg Hill Education Officer for Information Technology,

Metropolitan Borough of Solihull

Michael Collier Chief Executive, Funding Agency for Schools

John Taylor HMI Inspection Quality Monitoring and Development Team,

Office for Standards in Education

Tony Millns Assistant Chief Executive (Communications),

School Curriculum and Assessment Authority

Stephen Hillier Head of Corporate Management,

Teacher Training Agency

Colin Muid Deputy Director, Central IT Unit, Cabinet Office

Graham Walker Senior Partner, Arthur Andersen

Tony Cann CBE Chairman, Promethean Ltd

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