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ATL: Many teachers subject to false allegations

27/01/2011 Joanna
Thousands of teachers are subject to false allegations from pupils every year, it has been claimed.

In an article for the Daily Telegraph, Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said education professionals will be "delighted" if the government's forthcoming education bill gives them more protection in these circumstances.

"[False allegations] are hugely damaging. School staff have their careers blighted and private lives damaged as a result of the stress," she commented.

"Good teachers, heads and support staff are lost to the detriment of children's education. Of course the protection of children is paramount, but it should not be at the expense of natural justice."

In related news, a poll carried out recently by the union revealed that 41 per cent of teachers are concerned about government plans to increase their powers to search pupils, with many worried that false allegations may arise from this.

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