Publishers cash in on red tape

11th June 2004 at 01:00
Publishers expect to profit from the stream of documents flooding into schools by selling summaries to heads.

Fortnightly electronic precises of papers from the Department for Education and Skills and agencies such as the Office for Standards in Education will be available to primary heads from the end of August for an annual pound;145 fee.

The implementation review unit, appointed by the Government to tackle school bureaucracy, told The TES heads would soon be able to view free summaries of DfES documents before deciding which ones they wanted to order.

But for the time being publisher Nelson Thornes expects high demand for its service, particularly in small schools where heads have little support.

Adrian Moss, the company's head of new business development, said: "We have been blown over by the interest." He said that in March alone 1,020 pages of official documents relevant to primary heads were published.

Last month government figures revealed that secondary heads received an average of 10 pages of documents every day last year.

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