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.