Egged on by Prescott example

25th May 2001 at 01:00
What is going to happen to deputy prime minister John Prescott, having hit a member of the public for showing aggressive behaviour? Will he be immediately suspended pending an inquiry? That's what would happen to a teacher if they had responded in a violent manner against a similar sort of abusive behaviour in school.

No, of course not. He's been provoked! Teacher are never given that sort of "flexibility" or support. Parent-power, pupil-power and governor-power means teachers must always take what's given to them, and put themselves last ... after all we are professionals who unfailingly try to put children first, even in the most extreme circumstances.

Sally Howard

Cockshut Lane

Melbourne, Derbyshire

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today