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08/06/13 11:29

Unnecessary teacher paperwork to end

Key bodies will work together to ensure teachers can focus on attainment.

As part of a landmark appearance at the EIS AGM, Education Secretary Michael Russell will commit to stripping red tape out of teachers’ workload as part of a drive to tackle concerns over paperwork.

In a speech in which he also announced more support to help teachers deliver Curriculum for Excellence, the Scottish Government will establish a new group with EIS and other partners to tackle workload.

Membership will include teacher representative organisations, Education Scotland, the Association of Directors of Education in Scotland (ADES) and the National Parent Forum of Scotland (NPFS) and follows the EIS campaign to reduce teacher workload.

The announcement comes in addition to the decision to deploy inspectors to help tackle unnecessary paperwork in schools and ensure the best quality teaching is offered in Scottish schools.

Mr Russell said:

“I have taken on board the recent EIS campaign to tackle teacher workload and today I am happy to announce that I will deliver on that. The Scottish Government will work closely with the EIS and other key players as part of a group to identify the key issues and come up with ways in which we can reduce needless workload and bureaucracy.

“My ambition and the ambition of the Scottish Government is to allow teachers the flexibility to plan and deliver high quality learning and teaching. Curriculum for Excellence is about freeing up teachers to deliver the best quality education to help young people succeed in the global workplace, and about assisting in the development of skills. It is not about burdensome paperwork

“And, as part of additional support for teachers I can also announce new teacher support materials. We will provide more help for Higher, Advanced Highers and Nationals 1, 2 and 3, along with new resources on assessment and moderation will be provided. This is on top of the £3.7 million built into local authority budgets this year and next year to support teachers’ work on assessment standards. Put together this support should allow teachers to do what they do best – teach.”