Scott: Attempts to reduce teacher workload a “dossier of failures”

Scottish Liberal Democrat education spokesperson Tavish Scott has branded efforts by Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) bosses to reduce teacher workloads as a “dossier of failures”, following their appearance at the Parliament’s Education Committee today. 

Scottish Liberal Democrat analysis has found that the CfE Management Board discussed rising teacher workloads on numerous occasions since 2012 but that the Board failed to take effective action to curb it, resulting in an overwhelming increase in paperwork.

Speaking after this morning’s education committee, Mr Scott said: 

“Since 2012 the issue of teacher workloads has been raised time and time again and the proposed solution has always been more guidance and more clarification letters from those overseeing the roll-out of Curriculum for Excellence. 

“It got to the point where teachers were dealing with an astonishing 20,000 pages of guidance. The CfE Management Board’s efforts amount to a dossier of failures.

“There is a simple solution: step away from bureaucracy and let teachers teach.”

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