A point of order

10th August 2007 at 01:00
For the first time in 39 years in teaching, I will vote Conservative at the next general election if legislation is enacted to enforce home-school agreements, as per Tory leader David Cameron's recent statement. At last, a politician who understands the problems of discipline in schools.

Heads should be the captain of the ship, and not subject to appeal panels. We pay heads excellent salaries to take decisions, which should be final and enshrined in law.

The leaders of the teacher unions should be impeached for the way they have ignored the plight of their members.

And what will happen to the children who are excluded? Simple: bring back the 156 special schools that have been closed in the past 10 years. When will teachers speak out and stop blaming themselves for the violent and disruptive behaviour that has become endemic in our schools?

Tony Callaghan

Former headteacher,

Norwich

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now