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06/06/13 00:01

Inspectors to tackle needless bureaucracy

Curriculum for Excellence must be about pupil benefit.

Unnecessary paperwork in schools will be tackled through the work of inspectors to ensure the best quality teaching is offered in Scottish schools.

Speaking ahead of his attendance at the EIS AGM this Saturday, Education Secretary Michael Russell revealed that Education Scotland have moved to ensure that helping school pupils succeed in the global workplace remains at the heart of Curriculum for Excellence.

Mr Russell said:

“Two weeks ago, the EIS survey on primary education highlighted some legitimate concerns about teacher workload. I have been very clear in my response to those concerns. It is utterly unacceptable that any school, head teacher or local authority should be able to surround the clarity of Curriculum for Excellence with a smoke screen of bureaucracy and unnecessary paperwork. That needs to stop, and it needs to stop now.

“Curriculum for Excellence is about giving teachers greater scope for professional decision making and ensuring are young people are fit to succeed in whatever destination they move to after school. Teachers must be free to do what they do best and develop their skills to deliver learning at its best. It must not be about constant form filling and supervision.”

Education Scotland Director of Inspection Ken Muir said:

“Education Scotland is intent on ensuring that teachers’ planning, recording and reporting are as streamlined and effective as possible. Our recently-published CfE Briefing on planning emphasises that, where these processes are cumbersome and time-consuming, time to prepare for teaching and learning is lost.

“In a number of recent inspection reports, HM Inspectors from Education Scotland have been critical of overly-bureaucratic approaches, and will do so in the future where such approaches are found. Our forthcoming inspection guidance will make clear that the delivery of high quality learning should not be impaired by excessive time spent on planning, recording and reporting.”

Notes to editors

The Education Secretary will also announce that a range of new materials for Higher, Advanced Highers and Nationals 1, 2 and 3 will be made available, along with new resources on assessment and moderation. This is on top of the £3.7 million built into local authority budgets this year and next to support teachers’ work on assessment standards.