Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teachers and Parents Criticise Blair's Plans

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teachers and Parents Criticise Blair's Plans

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Byline: By Graeme Whitfield

Teachers and parents have criticised Tony Blair for suggesting mothers and fathers should be forced to stay at home with unruly children who are thrown out of school.

The Prime Minister said such a move could help tackle the growing problem of bad behaviour as he met the Government's new school discipline taskforce for the first time.

Sir Alan Steer, head of the taskforce, declined to back the idea but said the group was considering a new charter setting out basic rules for classroom behaviour.

He told the Prime Minister that the group wanted him to act on their final recommendations rather than consign their report to "the filing cabinet".

Mr Blair's key idea has drawn widespread criticism from schools and parents' groups.

The National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations (NCPTA) said it was "unrealistic" to expect parents to drop their jobs and look after their children at home. Margaret Morrissey, spokeswoman for the NCPTA, said: "How many parents can take a few weeks off work? …

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