DUP calls for reduction of burden on schools

The DUP launched a policy consultation paper aimed at creating a more supportive and sensible environment for schools to help ease the pressures faced within education at this difficult time.

“Reducing the Burden” was launched by the Party’s Education spokesperson Peter Weir.

Commenting, the Strangford MLA said, “This policy paper covers a range of issues from actions to reduce bureaucracy, recast school inspection, and supporting leadership, professional development and governance, and makes 22 recommendations in total.

DUP calls for reduction of burden on schoolsCentral to our proposals is a shift in culture and attitude within the delivery of our education system placing greater trust on the professionalism and autonomy of practitioners within schools, in particular teachers and school leaders.

We have a range of suggestions to reduce administrative pressures on schools including removing the need for duplicate requests for data, information sharing between educational bodies, better communication and transfer of pupil data.

Critical within our policy paper is a fundamental shift in the role of school inspection to the development of a more collaborative model, with a redesign of ETI, leading to a more supportive role. Greater emphasis on self-inspection and assessment of value added improvements are advocated along with a shift towards wider measurement of quality of education, in line with the direction of travel elsewhere.

Finally, we advocate greater support, including mentoring and clearer pathways for CPD for the range of leadership within schools, more focus on how we can involve business employers in governorship and how we embed more support for health and well-being for both staff and pupils.

There is no single measure which will help resolve some of the problems facing schools, but we believe the cocktail of proposals that we offer can significantly improve school life and with it enhance educational opportunities. We cannot claim to have all the answers, and seek responses and dialogue through consultation on this policy paper.”

You can download the document here.