Reinstatement sparked strike

10th May 1996 at 01:00
Your editorial "Whose rights?" (TES, April 26) records that National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers members "threatened strike action at Bishop of Llandaff High School, Cardiff in 1991 when a governors' appeal panel reinstated three boys after a sexual assault".

In the interests of accuracy, it should be noted that the NASUWT members in the school did take strike action and only returned to work after a letter from the chair of governors threatening disciplinary action, was withdrawn.

The boys left the school and the Welsh Secretary subsequently ruled that the governors had acted outside their powers when they endorsed the decision of a sub-committee to reverse the headteacher's decision to expel the three boys.

All this only serves to underline the dangers of overturning the decisions of teachers, charged as they are with responsibility for the day-to-day running of school, to exclude pupils when it is obviously in the best interests of the rest of the pupils and teaching staff.

EAMONN O'KANE Deputy general secretary NASUWT 5 King Street, London WC2

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