Far from just raising the issue as a soundbite, teachers in the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, at their Torquay conference, voted for a resolution which recognised that there was insufficient provision to deal with disruptive children under current legislation.
They also voted to seek the establishment of area committees involving parents, governors, social services, the police and other concerned organisations whose role would be to create structures for the care and welfare of disruptive pupils.
Teachers' unions have not "hijacked the issue". They have merely demanded that politicians do not ignore it. They have also offered some very constructive ways forward.
Eber A Kington
Branch Secretary (Merton)
Association of Teachers
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