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SMALL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE£80m FOR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF - MORRIS

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Small schools are to receive£80million from the standards fund to help free teachers to focus on teaching rather t...
Small schools are to receive£80million from the standards fund to help free teachers to focus on teaching rather than administration, schools standards minister Estelle Morris, announced today.

Ms Morris said: 'We want to reduce unnecessary administrative burdens on teachers. This is why I am glad to announce that we are providing£80m to enable small schools to recruit administrative support staff. It will allow heads to focus on leadership and management of schools and teachers to focus on teaching. This new money will give further support to all the hard work teachers are putting in to raising standards in education.'

Schools minister Jacqui Smith today published on the internet

practical tips on cutting red tape in schools in Bureaucracy Cutting

Toolkit, successfully piloted in 14 schools, which offers advice and

ideas for schools to streamline the way they work.

Ms Smith said: 'For over a year our department and PricewaterhouseCoopers have been working closely with 14 schools in

Derby and Kent to find the best ways to cut down on needless

bureaucracy. Too many tasks are being done which aren't needed and

too often schools are continuing with tasks which no longer need to

be undertaken. We want to help teachers to focus on teaching, rather

than doing admin tasks that could be done more efficiently by

somebody else.

The good practice identified by the schools includes:

Bredgar School, a Kent primary of around 70 pupils, that recruited

an administrative member of staff to undertake a range of tasks to

support teachers. This included reprographic work, maintaining the

library and managing resource materials;

St Benedict School, a Derby City comprehensive that saved hundreds

of hours of teacher time by paying parents to invigilate exams under

the supervision of the examinations secretary.

The Toolkit is available to schools via the Department for Education

and Employment website or in hard copy on request. Schools will also

be able to share their own ideas for cutting red tape on the new

website.

Ms Morris added: 'As a result of these two initiatives, teaching staff will have more time to spend on activities which directly

improve pupil attainment such as lesson planning and preparation,

professional development and, in the case of heads and deputies, the

task of school leadership. There is always going to be a distinction

between needless bureaucracy and vital improvements to the curriculum

like the literacy and numeracy strategies. It's vital we get the

balance right.'

NOTES

1. The£80m standards fund grant, administrative support for small schools constitutes£20m available immediately to cover the last four months of 1999-2000, at a standards fund grant rate of 100%;£60m is being made available for 2000-01, at a grant rate of 50%. Further details are set out in the supplement to Circular 16/99, published October 1991.

2. Administrative support for small schools, is available to small

schools which are defined as primary schools with 200 or fewer pupils

and secondary schools with 600 or fewer pupils. This grant reinforces

the support the DfEE is offering through the small school support

fund announced last month. The SSSF will be supported through the

Standards Fund.£20m will be available in both 2000-01 and 2001-02

(50% DfEE:50% LEAs). Eligible schools may receive up to£4.4K over

the two year period.

3. Bureaucracy Cutting Toolkit is available on the Internet:

dfee.gov.uk/cuttingburdens

4. Bureaucracy Cutting Toolkit is also available on request from

DfEE Publications at Prolog PO Box 5050, Sherwood Park, Annesley,

Nottingham NG15 0DJ, tel: 0845-602-2260

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