Leading Article: Crime watching

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The Independent Online

It has been quite a week for the teaching profession. The Government now gives teachers responsibility for spotting whether any of their pupils might have been subjected to an arranged marriage against their will.

It also wants them to watch for signs that children may have become involved in gang culture and to persuade young people of the dangers of alcohol abuse.

Soon teachers will be recalling nostalgically the days of Chris Woodhead, the former chief schools inspector, when all they had to worry about was whether they were competent in front of a class.