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Lure of the law

I was surprised to read that thereason given for the rise in union membership was the stress of school inspections (TES, August 1).

Surely a more logical one (and the one given to me by experienced teachers when finally joining a union) is the threat of action from parents in any area of our job - poor exam results, negligence, alleged abuse, special needs not meeting parents' wishes and so on.

The teaching profession is no more immune than any other in our increasing litigious society.

EUNICE LEMON

75 Gaysham Hall Longwood Gardens Clayhill, Ilford, Essex

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