'NAHT supports greater police involvement, providing headteachers control the deployment of the police in their schools. It is obviously important that we harness the police in the drive to reduce truancy and crime that afflicts too many communities. However, headteachers must have the right to vet the actual police officers assigned to their schools, because not every police officer will be suitable to work in a school environment. It is also crucial that the actual work undertaken within the school is approved by the headteacher, who is ultimately accountable to the governors and to the parents for the way the school is run.'
'The ATL welcomes the government's acknowledgement that a multi-agency approach is the only way to address the problems of truancy and youth crime.
'Estelle Morris was at pains to stress that truancy is not caused by bad teachers. Too often teachers feel blamed for problems that are outside of their control. But inspired teaching and well run schools are a key part of the solution.
'Having finally grasped this nettle the government must not underestimate the amount of sustained funding which will be needed. But let's not underestimate the terrible cost to some of our children if we fail to make this investment now.'
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