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Unions 2001 Thursday, 19 April, 2001, 12:43 GMT 13:43 UK
Education on the agenda

BBC News Online reports from the annual conferences of the main British education unions.

Media archive:

Thursday 31 May
Speech to the National Association of Head Teachers by its general secretary, David Hart, analysing election promises.
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Thursday 19 April
The shadow education secretary, Theresa May, told the NASUWT conference in Jersey that a Conservative government would let schools set their own discipline policy and end the right of expelled pupils to appeal to an independent panel.
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Tuesday 17 April
The School Standards Minister Estelle Morris told the NASUWT conference that it was not professional for teachers to try to limit their working week to 35 hours.
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Sunday 15 April
Welsh primary school head teacher Marjorie Evans, convicted then cleared of assaulting a pupil and finally allowed to return to her post after 19 months, gave an emotional account of her "nightmare" at the annual conference of her union, the National Union of Teachers, which backed her throughout.
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Saturday 14 April
The Education Secretary, David Blunkett, tells hecklers at the National Union of Teachers conference that primary school test results have risen: "Hell's bells, if you can't celebrate that then you might as well all go home."
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Later the conference heard from the Conservatives' spokeswoman, Theresa May.
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Tony Blair: A coup for the ATL
Thursday 12 April
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers became the first classroom union to be addressed by a serving prime minister.
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Sunday 25 March
The Conservative leader, William Hague, addressed the heads' conference.
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Saturday 24 March
John Dunford, general secretary of the Secondary Heads Association, at his annual conference in Newport.
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The Liberal Democrat leader, Charles Kennedy, at the heads' conference.
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Friday 23 March
The Education Secretary, David Blunkett, addressing head teachers.
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