Gove axes self-evaluation form

(UKPA) – Sep 23, 2010

Schools will no longer need to complete 100-page forms about their work under a Government drive to cut bureaucracy, it has been announced.

Education Secretary Michael Gove said he was axing the Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) which schools must fill in ahead of their Ofsted inspection.

The form, which is completed by headteachers, contains facts and figures about a school.

Mr Gove said: “We believe that teachers – not bureaucrats and politicians – should run schools.”

The move was broadly welcomed by education unions.

The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) said the form was “overly bureaucratic” but there needed to be a link between self-evaluation and inspection.

Chris Keates, general secretary of the NASUWT teaching union, said the abolition was “nothing more than a cosmetic exercise”.

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