Bureaucracy gone mad

11th February 2000 at 00:00
I have just received a new document from the Teacher Training Agency, "The use of information and communication technology in subject teaching: secondary history." The aim is to assist teachers in identifying their needs in ICT training.

Reassuringly, on page one it tells me that one of the aims in using ICT is to "reduce bureaucracy." But then follows almost 70 pages of advice. I soon lost heart when I read truisms such as: "8. Teachers should understand how to monitor and assess pupil's learning in the subject when ICT is being used, and how to evaluate the contribution that ICT has made to the teaching of their subject. They should be able to: a) monitor pupils' progress by being clear about teaching objectives and the use of ICT in acieving them."

For how many qualified teachers will this be news? To fully appreciate the fatuity of this paragraph, try replacing "ICT" with the words "a textbook."

There are over 50 pages of such gems. The plain fact is it is too long!

Did people get paid to write this? What was the brief? If the aim was to reduce bureaucracy and make it clear, the authors have failed.

What a waste of money! Of pound;230 million spent by the Government on ICT training, how much will be wasted on tripe like this? In my school we already have sufficient staff with expertise to lead their colleagues in ICT training. All we need is a few more computers and less time wasted on irrelevant documents.

Guy Woolnough Carnforth High School


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