Red-tape deal lacks limit on meetings

22nd May 1998 at 01:00
GOVERNMENT guidelines on school red tape will go out on June 1 - without any recommendation on a maximum number of weekly meetings which teachers should attend.

David Blunkett, the Education and Employment Secretary, has called time on protracted talks after the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers were unable to agree wording with ministers. The unions, which were both lobbying for curbs of weekly meetings, blame each other for the failure.

Only the National Association of Head Teachers welcomed the circular, which says that meetings are a matter "for sensible professional judgment".

The NUT, NASUWT and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers all say they will continue action, advising members to attend only one weekly meeting.

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