Stephen Byers, the school standards minister, claims (TES, December 12) that the Government intends to keep paperwork to a minimum.
His statement that "we have set up a group to cut down on bureaucracy", however, demonstrates, probably more ironically than he intended, the complete impossibility of reducing paperwork in education.
My forecast for the New Year, and even the new millennium, is that teachers, governors and other involved in our profession will continue to drown in paper, much of it emanating from the Department for Education and Employment.
MICHAEL J SMITH
10 Hillview North Pickenham Swaffham Norfolk