The ATL says schools believed that as long as they ordered books worth pound;1,000 by March 31, the Government would cover the cost as part of its drive to mark the UK Year of Reading. However, schools were told last week that unless the books were actually delivered by March 31 they would have to meet the bill themselves.
"Jobsworth" officials at the Department for Education and Employment may be about to cost schools up to pound;1,000 claims the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. It says "bureaucratic mismanagement" of the Government's Books for Schools scheme means schools may have to pay for books they should have had free.
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