Heads seek home front on indiscipline

9th February 1996 at 00:00
Parents should be compelled by law to turn up at school to answer for their children's misbehaviour, secondary heads are demanding. The unions and headteacher associations have been asked to submit their views on discipline to the Education Minister by February 29.

Speaking after inconclusive talks with Raymond Robertson on Wednesday, Alistair Johnston of Kelso High, vice-president of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland, said indiscipline was tackled more easily where parents agreed to co-operate with the school.

Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, said resources were "at the heart of the problem" to create smaller classes and fund intensive work with problem pupils and early action on learning difficulties.

The EIS announced this week that it is to mount a five-month investigation into pupil discipline and exclusions. It would begin in October with a questionnaire to 1,000 teachers in 112 secondaries and 2,240 teachers in 560 primaries.

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