If only we could be freed from the burden of bureaucracy

Meaningless meetings and pointless form-filling are just part of the bureaucratic burden that is weighing teachers down

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“The only time the entire teaching staff will be brought together is to have a party,” is what one fun-loving secondary head recently decreed. Most meetings, she believes, are a waste of time and energy, and so she has dispensed with whole-staff meetings, as well as heads of faculty meetings. Faculty heads are left to decide whether to convene department meetings – most don’t.

The arithmetic supports her argument.

At a recent school meeting, I calculated that, for the 12 senior teachers present, such gatherings consumed at least 12 hours of their combined time. Each would then convene a ...

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