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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