Emma Seith & Henry Hepburn

Inspectors ‘will help to cut teachers’ red tape’

But experts warn staff could face even more paperwork after new CfE guidance

School inspectors will not hinder the government’s drive to free teachers from unnecessary bureaucracy by asking for reams of evidence from headteachers, Scotland’s chief inspector has indicated.

Education secretary John Swinney this week advised teachers to “focus on young people” and not to “fill a lever arch file with endless amounts of detail”.

He issued the advice as he launched new guidance designed to give “absolute clarity” to teachers about “what is and what is not required” under the Curriculum for Excellence.

In response, Bill Maxwell, Scotland’s chief inspector of education, told ...

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