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Byline: DOROTHY LEPKOWSKA, Education Correspondent

CHILDREN whose parents attack teachers should be expelled, head teachers demanded yesterday.

Assaults on heads have doubled in the last year with 140 recorded cases of violence and intimidation, said the National Association of Head Teachers.

President Mick Brookes said: "Teacher bashing seems to have been the sport for a number of years."

And general secretary David Hart told the annual conference in Harrogate there was "an increase in people taking the law into their own hands". The union wants a change in the law to allow expulsions.

Since January 1999, the NAHT has won pounds 350,000 in compensation for its members and is currently fighting claims for another pounds 500,000.

One nursery school head was awarded pounds 125,000 after she was punched eight times by a parent.

STAFF at privatised state schools should get a slice of the profits if the firms running them meet their targets, the NAHT urged yesterday.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 30, 2001
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