Heads jib at parent contracts

25th April 1997 at 01:00
A record 28 amendments have been submitted to next weekend's conference of the Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association in response to proposals from a special committee on disruptive pupils.

Headteacher members are particularly unhappy that the committee is at risk of binding their hands by suggesting that parents should "sign a binding contract to support good order and discipline".

The union's headteachers' advisory panel, chaired by Douglas Campbell, head of Bell Baxter High in Cupar, wants that phrase deleted in favour of parents being asked to "acknowledge their responsibility".

Heads are also wary about the restrictive implications of the word "contract" and will insist on "home-school agreement". The report receives a fairer wind, however, in its proposals for clear strategies to be developed before excluded pupils are readmitted.

There is no opposition to a radical suggestion, which illustrates the depth of teacher emotion on the subject, that heads should be prepared to refer cases of indiscipline to the children's panel "if teaching staff recommend this approach".

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