School’s prin­ci­pal hits out at par­ents who abuse teach­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - By Tri­cia Jamieson

tjamieson@thek­m­ work. I re­alise that some­times dif­fi­cult is­sues have to be raised and dis­cussed, but I would ask that con­sid­er­a­tion be given to the lan­guage used when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with staff.

“I have made it clear to staff that if par­ents should be­come abu­sive or ag­gres­sive on the tele­phone, that they should po­litely ex­plain that they will need to ter­mi­nate the con­ver­sa­tion if the abuse con­tin­ues.”

Mr Walder said that head teach­ers should make it clear to par­ents that staff are pre­cious to their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and should take steps to sup­port them.

“Where there is ev­i­dence, the school should take le­gal ac­tion,” he said. “That is the least they can do.

“Schools should sup­port teach­ers to the hilt in th­ese mat­ters. Staff should never feel that a school is not sup­port­ing them.”

Sally Lees, prin­ci­pal of Home­wood School

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