Send for the sin bin;Conference;Scottish Secondary Teachers' Association

14th May 1999 at 01:00
Abusive and destructive pupils need to be controlled by new legislation if teachers are to raise classroom standards for those who want to learn, Joe McKelvie, Angus, stated.

Discipline had become a "dirty word" in many schools and children had become "the new untouchables".

Mr McKelvie, the union's treasurer, said: "They are above and outside the law and there is nothing we can do about it. In my school they are able to negotiate and write their own timetable."

If there was only one such destructive pupil in school of more than a thousand pupils, it was still one too many, he said. The conference backed his appeal.

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