Protection first

25th April 1997 at 01:00
The latest case of violent and disruptive pupils at Yorkshire Martyrs School in Yorkshire highlights the nonsense of appeal panels.

The National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers is unashamedly a trade union in the business of defending its members, not pupils ("Too dangerous to teach", TES, April 4).

The NASUWT is likely to become the largest teacher trade union by 2000. Why? Because teachers want the kind of "money where your mouth is" protection that we offer our members.

I have been a teacher for 30 years and have been a member of NASUWT throughout my career. The union is determined to stand up for the rights of teachers to work in a safe environment.

We are not in the business of acting as social workers or surrogate foster parents to ease the conscience of a society that has rejected the authority of the teacher in the classroom and we have to succeed for the sake of the majority of pupils who want a good education.

TONY CALLAGHAN NASUWT 2a The Brache Maulden Bedfordshire

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