The Tess Archive - 17 July 1981

15th July 2011 at 01:00
The month that Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer married at St Paul's Cathedral in London, and Sandra Day O'Connor became the first female member of the United States Supreme Court

It's tough for women at top

Women teachers are trapped by the "Tampax and aspirin" syndrome of pastoral roles in schools, Mrs Maureen Cruikshank, a Leicestershire secondary principal, says in The Head. "Women must be encouraged to apply for head of department posts and to become involved in curriculum development and timetabling," she said. At present, some women deputy heads were expected to pour tea at governors' meetings.

Parents' charter

The parents' charter will come into force for the start of the 1982-83 session. Regulations implementing freedom of parental choice of school will be put into operation in February 1982, and the right of appeal against refusal of placing requests will be effective from March, said Lord Mansfield, Minister of State at the Scottish Office, in the House of Lords.

Millions of beatings

Nearly 2.5 million beatings a year are carried out in Scottish secondary schools, says a report from the Society of Teachers Opposed to Physical Punishment. This "horrendous" total is said to be 10 times higher than the quarter of a million beatings inflicted annually in English primary and secondary schools.

Scots dictionary appeal

A plea to retain university support for the uncompleted Dictionary of the Older Scots Tongue was made to university principals at an international conference on Scottish language and literature. Six Scottish universities are the dictionary's main supporters, and Glasgow has already decided to reduce its pound;10,000 annual contribution. The dictionary is two-thirds complete and 60 signatories said it would be "an appalling blot on Scottish scholarship" if it were curtailed.

Zimbabwe appeals for more Australians

Zimbabwe is again advertising in Australia for secondary teachers. The first batch attracted poor publicity after one teacher reportedly said he felt qualified because he had worked with Australian aborigines, a comment inter-preted as racist. With 20,000 Australian teachers looking for jobs, the Zimbabwe advertisements have attracted many applicants in the past. The Australian government is subsidising the scheme.

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