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

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


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