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SCHOOLS IN FRONT LINE OF BEHAVIOUR CRUSADE

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A school where teachers want one in ten of the 600 pupils excluded is featured in this morning's papers alongside r...
A school where teachers want one in ten of the 600 pupils excluded is featured in this morning's papers alongside reports that political leaders are jumping over each other to announce policies on moral regeneration and good citizenship.

Nigel de Gruchy, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, said his members at The Ridings School in Halifax believed 61 pupils were unteachable. They have threatened to strike after three alleged assaults on staff and the resignation of the headteacher this term, reports The Times (p7).

Meanwhile education secretary Gillian Shephard said yesterday that citizenship lessons will be tried out in schools across the country. She said she was inspired by the example set by Frances Lawrence, widow of murdered headteacher Philip Lawrence, who yesterday launched a national movement to restore civic values among Britain's young.

And, reports The Times (p1) shadow home secretary Jack Straw has proposed new 'parental responsibility orders' which would require parents to take counselling sessions if a court found they were not looking after their child properly.
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