Amount of paperwork
Most participants, across both sites, said they had difficulties with the amount of paperwork, reflecting Power's (2000) claim of an 'audit explosion'. Megan and Aidan both talked about excessive amounts of paperwork, but this was expressed in different ways. While Aidan could
Figure 3.2 College checklist summarising course paperwork required
see the purpose of each individual piece, he felt that there was much more than necessary. He had concerns about the paperwork being time consuming, and the knock-on effects on other things he was doing: 'you spend more time kind of recording and justifying what we do than actually kind of doing it'. He talked about the volume of paperwork as often disproportionate to the purposes it was trying to achieve: 'if you just teach a three hour course, you could well just spend the whole three hours just filling in forms'. He also felt that the practicalities of completing some of this paperwork were not considered, given the outdoor settings of a lot of his work.
Megan described a constant increase in the volume of paperwork requirements, particularly providing evidence of what she had done.
Every person she saw had to sign a piece of paper confirming she had seen them, 'to keep a track on what I'm doing'; this was a new requirement, as was the requirement that every professional development course she attended was logged in a legal document which could be made available for inspection.