Expert attacks the ‘lunacy’ of classroom red tape mountain

Expert attacks the ‘lunacy’ of classroom red tape mountain

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Keir Bloomer, convener of the education committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Copyright (c) Andrew Cowan, Scottish Parliament.

Keir Bloomer, convener of the education committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Copyright (c) Andrew Cowan, Scottish Parliament.

From The Herald Scotland

“MOUNTAINS” of curriculum guidance issued to Scottish teachers over the past 12 years has been described as “self-evident lunacy” by an education expert.

Keir Bloomer, convener of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s education committee, said the overload of “nearly incomprehensible” information was hampering work to free up teachers to spend more time in the classroom.

The comments, during an evidence session at the Scottish Parliament’s education committee, came after John Swinney, the Education Secretary, pledged to cut workload.

He stepped in following complaints teachers had been swamped by bureaucracy throughout the roll-out of the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) reforms which were designed to empower schools.

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