A pupil's right to education

3rd February 2006 at 00:00
The article headed "Schools ignore exclusion guidance" (TESS, January 20) contains comments from the general secretary of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association which are not helpful and add little to the present debate about behavioural standards in Scottish schools and the whole issue of inclusion and support for pupils.

He suggests that "regardless of what the lawyers say, unruly pupils have forfeited the right to education". Surely he is not suggesting that we operate outside the legal guidelines and parameters? Pupils have been excluded from school for less.

His use of ill-tempered language in suggesting further that "like unruly passengers on an airline, they have to be dumped" is very disappointing from someone in his position and reflects badly both on the professional organisation that he represents and teachers in general.

Ian McEwan

Psychological Services

Dumfries and Galloway Council

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