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Voice backs behaviour measures

Voice: the union for education professionals has backed proposals announced today (11 February 2010) for parents to sign up to school behaviour policies when they apply for a school place.

General Secretary Philip Parkin said: "Schools need the support of parents in setting and maintaining good standards of discipline and behaviour.

"Without parental support, the efforts of schools to create a positive and successful learning environment can be undermined.

"However, signing up to a school's policies is one thing; making sure that parents adhere to an agreement is another. Agreements will need to be enforced if they are to be taken seriously as a method of raising standards.

"The relationship between schools and parents is a delicate one. We would not like to see heads pursuing parents through the courts or trying to enforce other sanctions. This could end up as a dream for lawyers but a bureaucratic nightmare for head teachers, who already have heavy workloads."

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Contacts: Communications Officer Richard Fraser in the Voice Press Office (pressoffice@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372337 or 0794 871 0413 or General Secretary Philip Parkin (philipparkin@voicetheunion.org.uk) on 01332 372 337 or 077 259 601 32.

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