CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

EDUCATION – TEACHERS' PAPERWORK – 25 April 2002

Dr Julian Lewis: What recent meetings she has had with the teachers' unions to discuss the level of paperwork issued by her Department to teachers?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] I thank the Secretary of State for that rather bland reply. Does she recall her recent written answers to my hon. Friend the shadow Secretary of State, which revealed that, in the past 12 months, documents with no fewer than 1,601 pages have been sent to secondary school teachers, and that documents with no fewer than an astonishing 2,839 pages have been sent to primary school teachers? Does the Secretary of State stand by her statement to the House of 10 January, when she said that

 "sending teachers less paper will neither raise standards nor satisfy them of our ability to give them the support that they need to do the job." – [Official Report, 10 January 2002; Vol. 377, c. 661.]?

Does she realise that, until she changes her attitude on these matters, teachers will not want to remain in a profession that requires them to deal with a blizzard of unnecessary paper instead of teaching students?