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TEACHERS' TARGET WARNING

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Education secretary David Blunkett should prevent local education authorities placing too much responsibility for m...
Education secretary David Blunkett should prevent local education authorities placing too much responsibility for meeting government targets on schools and teachers and taking on too little themselves, according to the National Union of Teachers.

NUT general secretary Doug McAvoy told a meeting of the union's divisional secretaries that over-zealous authorities could be tempted to set too many or over-ambitious targets. He called on the government to establish an independent appeals system for schools which believe education authorities have set unreasonable targets.

Mr McAvoy said: 'The union has emphasised its support for target setting. Those targets must be realistic and achievable as well as rigorous. Such a professionally important proposal must not be abused by authorities creating an excessive workload.

'The government must instruct authorities not to set targets which promote failure rather than success. The union will act to protect its members where excessive workload results.'
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