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NEW REGULATIONS AIM TO CUT SCHOOL BUREAUCRACY, SAYS PATTEN

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New regulations announced today by Education Secretary John Patten will make pupils' school reports clearer for par...
New regulations announced today by Education Secretary John Patten will make pupils' school reports clearer for parents and reduce bureaucracy for teachers.

Mr Patten said: 'The regulations I am issuing today reinforce the Parent's Charter commitment to provide parents with a written report on their child's progress at least once a year. That report for 7 and 14 year olds must contain the results of National Curriculum assessments in the fundamentals of English, mathematics and science.'

'I am determined to streamline school administration and so give teachers more time to get on with the job of raising standards. So I have simplified what schools have to report about individual pupils, and allowed head teachers discretion about when reports are issued during the school year.'

The new regulations will: ensure that reports contain pupils' National Curriculum assessment results in the basics of English, mathematics and science: schools will have to report 7 year olds' test results in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting and arithmetic, together with the teacher's assessment of their progress; require schools to include comparative information about the National Curriculum assessment and examination results of pupils of the same age; cut down the detail in which National Curriculum assessment results must be reported - 13 items for 7 year olds instead of 22 in 1993 and 6 items for 14 year olds instead of 41 this year; allow schools to decide when, during the school year, they report to parents.
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