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Bureaucracy curb misses its target

Government attempts to cut the red tape faced by teachers are failing, according to a leading teaching union.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers claims paperwork has been reduced in fewer than one in seven schools, remained the same in 60 per cent and got worse in nearly a quarter.

Target-setting, lesson planning, Office for Standards in Education inspections, literacy hours and meetings continue to swamp teachers with paperwork, according to a union survey.

Nigel de Gruchy, NASUWT general secretary, said: "Last year's Department for Education and Employment circular on reducing the bureaucratic burden on teachers was a welcome step in the right direction, but after the initial impact many schools seem to have begun the march backwards into bureaucracy."

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