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Unions must focus on understaffing

THE teacher unions are right to boycott distractions from teaching.

However, it is vital that the real issue - understaffing of secondary schools - should not be concealed by the slogan "red tape", ince that would allow the government to get away with a few token concessions on paperwork.

Dr Colin Butler

Senior English master

Borden grammar school

Sittingbourne, Kent

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