Heads who bully the parents

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Scotland's most prominent parent leader has warned in this week's TES Scotland that devolved school management "has given bullying heads more power to bully".

Many heads do no more than tolerate parents and parent-teacher associations, Judith Gillespie, former convener of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, says. She also criticised the local authorities for their "natural tendency" to back headteachers .

Derek McGinn, president of the Headteachers' Association of Scotland, said heads would "abhor" bullying by any member. "We welcome a full partnership with parents. It is simply not possible to work successfully with people who cannot live with what you are proposing to do. So that kind of approach simply becomes self-defeating."

Bullied by the boss, page 23

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