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Teachers act on red tape.

Thousands of headteachers are today being urged to join members of their staff in a go-slow on red tape-related workload.

The National Association of Headteachers is issuing advice to its members to drop any task not directly related to educating pupils or running schools.

The union's action follows the announcement in June of a work-to-rule 'blitz on bureaucracy' by the two biggest teaching unions, the National Union of Teachers and the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers.

More than 400,000 school staff have been told to show support.

issuing from the Department for Education and Employment, agencies like Ofsted and local education authorities.

The NAHT says heads should evaluate all demands on their time according to one criterion - how they will affect their ability to run a school effectively.

Complicated bidding procedures for often small amounts of grant from the DfEE, duplicated paperwork from different state agencies, 'excessive' data collection and 'interminable meetings' should all be avoided, says the union.

Heads would merely be following the Government's own advice, the NAHT said.

It was also essential if schools were to comply with the Government's drive to raise standards.

And the DfEE, Ofsted and local councils should all keep paperwork sent out to schools to an absolute minimum, the NAHT stressed.

NAHT general secretary David Hart says: 'School leaders are fed up with the bureaucracy, red tape and excessive demands from government, its agencies and Local Education Authorities that interfere with the effective running of schools and are of little value to the education of pupils.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Sep 14, 2000
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