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TORY BOROUGH ACCUSED OF ATTACKING SINGLE MOTHERS IN EDUCATION STUDY

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An education report by Kensington and Chelsea LBC has been accused of blaming single mothers for behavioural proble...
An education report by Kensington and Chelsea LBC has been accused of blaming single mothers for behavioural problems in schools, the Evening Standard reports on its front page.

'Parental values' a study on discipline in schools by education director, Michael Stoten, has provoked an angry reaction from Labour boroughs, with the party's education spokeswoman, Rita Horton, calling the report a return to 'Victorian values'.

The report reveals a 400% increase in the number of pupils with special needs and behaviour problems. One section of the reports deals with single parent families and said: 'The breakdown in social relations is, in my view, the prime reason for the behavioural difficulties we now have in our schools.'

One of the contributing factors was given as: 'A vast increase in the number of single mothers who have never been married, more and more of whom have several children by different fathers.'

Education chair, Merrick Cockell denied the paper was racist or that it attacked single parents.
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