Education: Blitz on school red tape

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A bueaucracy-busting unit will be set up as part of Government plans to cut red tape in schools.

A report drawn up by a working group established last May recommends that the Government should consult fewer schools about policy, set up pilots to show how teachers can streamline administration, review demands on teachers and simplify the bidding process for funds.

Inspectors are to be urged to concentrate on standards, not on whether schools have written policies for everything and the Government will try to cut down the requirements for assessing and recording pupils' work.

Teachers' leaders welcomed the report with reservations. Doug McAvoy, general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: "The Government has at least five new initatives lined up. There is no evidence that it has considered whether there is time for them in the school day."