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No appeal to justice in school

Heads can 'prosecute' parents of errant pupils - Telegraph
Head teachers will be able to take parents to court if their children misbehave under tough powers announced yesterday.
From this week, they can apply for a civil order requiring mothers and fathers of wayward pupils to take parenting classes, with fines if children continue to step out of line.
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Michael Gove, the shadow children's secretary, called for parents to be stripped of the ability to appeal against a head's decision to exclude pupils - a power that has seen many children reinstated.
"Let's not kid ourselves that these measures, welcome as they are, do anything like enough to solve the problem," he said. "You can't have a proper discipline policy unless heads are free to exclude disruptive pupils without being second-guessed."
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Martin Ward, the deputy general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, said: "Some parents may come to view schools in a similar role to the police and courts."

Except that even the Tories seem to think that there should be no right of appeal, with Heads being deemed to be superhuman founts of justice and knowledge instead of being over-burdened fallible humans like the rest of us. It is all part of the new jumping up and down screaming at the kids culture in schools because they frankly haven't got a clue what to do.

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Even with appeals there is a final answer.
But with appeals the common good doesn't get a hearing and doesn't have a lawyer.

Did you see this from Cameron? "And we will allow schools to draw up binding home-school contracts, where failure to sign will mean no admission, and failure to adhere to the rules could mean exclusion." here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2007/09/02/do0204.xml

When the leader of the Tory party does not believe in fundamental Tory principles, what hope is there? My wife and I (small government libertarians which is what the Tories should be) refused to sign home-school contracts on the basis that it was unwarranted state intrusion in a situation where there was nothing wrong, i.e. our kids were reasonably well-behaved pupils who attended school whenever they were not sick. Because it is a matter of principle, we'd do the same in the future, so for the sake of our one remaining school aged child and our bank balance, we'll chalk that down as yet one more reason why we won't be coming back to the UK anytime soon.

I'm all for contracts. How about one in which schools promise to actually teach children to read and write or face a stiff fine or imprisonment if they fail? In my dreams...

As for misbehaviour, teachers spent decades wacking, tweaking, slapping, prodding and caning children so the fact that they are now getting a dose of their own medicine doesn't really bother me that much.

I dared to point out, Mike, to our local school that their contract was full of pupils and parents "will" and teachers "will try". That, along with observations about not fixing what wasn't broke and how strange it was that teachers were against government interference on virtually every other matter, including inspections, but not contracts, got me a sharp rebuke from the headmaster about undermining their efforts to improve discipline. The headmaster took early retirement, presumably from the stress of running a primary school with two teachers and 30 kids, and became a government inspector.

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