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Tories demand pupil discipline



The Conservatives are promising to back teachers by smoothing the way for laws to strengthen classroom discipline. Spokesman Tim Collins told an education union conference that bad behaviour by parents and pupils should no longer be ignored. His comments come as the NASUWT union, at its annual conference, was deploring increased violence against its members. It claims a teacher is physically or verbally assaulted every seven minutes – but that it can go unreported. Delegates want a nationally agreed system of recording violence – and security checks in a sample of schools to assess the scale of the problem…