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Heads pull out of reform deal.

HEAD teachers last night pulled out of a major agreement with the Government that was aimed at freeing up teachers' time.

Hundreds of schools across England are set to break the law this autumn because they will not be able to implement the reforms, the National Association of Head Teachers warned.

The association said the Government had failed to provide enough money for schools to hire the staff they need so teachers can have more time to prepare lessons.

The latest phase of the agreement - coming into force in September - states that teachers must be given a set amount of time for 'planning, preparation and assessment' (PPA).

The NUT refused to sign up to the agreement when it was launched but the NAHT and other unions were on board.

David Hart, NAHT general secretary, said giving teachers this extra time away from lessons required hiring more staff. Head teachers do not have enough cash in their budgets to recruit the teachers or support staff that they need in order to release teachers for PPA,' he said.

'Legal requirement or not, there will be hundreds of schools that cannot deliver the workforce agreement in the autumn
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Date:Mar 17, 2005
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