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Vote on action against paperwork

Teachers are to be balloted this week to take part in in a boycott of unnecessary paperwork and other bureaucratic burdens.

The two main teacher unions, the National Union of Teachers and National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers, have asked their members to take action short of a strike.

The Association of Teachers and Lecturers' delegates will vote on a motion to join such a boycott at their annual Easter assembly.

Doug McAvoy, NUT general secretary, said: "If this ballot is supported, it is teachers and pupils who will feel the benefits. Parents will see no disruption to their children's education."

The unions say they will be implementing recommendations by the Government's red tape working party. A survey of more than 7,000 NUT members found the most resented bureaucratic tasks were copying lists, paperwork required for bodies such as the Office for Standards in Education, the Data Protection Registar and for external funding.

The NUT ballot closes on April 3, the NASUWT result will be announced on April 6. Any action would begin at the start of term.

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