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Teacher issues swearing warning

Martin Henderson

Martin Henderson said children could soak up language "like a sponge"

A Greater Manchester head teacher has warned parents they will be banned from his primary school if they swear while on the premises.

Martin Henderson, of Westmorland Primary in Brinnington, wrote to all families threatening legal action after an increase in bad language.

He said he had received complaints about the way adults were speaking to each other - and their children.

A notice under the Education Act 1996 will be used to ban abusive parents.

It's not that they are shouting at other people's children, it's that they are swearing at their own kids.
Martin Henderson, head teacher

The letter he sent said: "This must stop immediately.

"Parents who persist in using foul language will be asked to stay away from the site by myself through the local authority legal team using a banning order.

"I do not want to take this action but the protection of your children from such behaviour is my primary concern.

"Your children deserve the best and should not be witness to such behaviour."

Mr Henderson said: "I think it's often just in day-to-day conversation and no offence is meant, but there are little ears there listening.

'Cultural thing'

"Parents have been heard to shout aggressively at their children.

"It's not that they are shouting at other people's children, it's that they are swearing at their own kids.

"It's a cultural thing round here. But parents need to know we won't accept that on site."

Mr Henderson intends to take action using powers - known as a '547 notice' - under the Education Act 1996, to ban parents from school premises indefinitely if they are abusive or causing a nuisance.

A Stockport Council spokesman, added: "It is important that parents are made aware of these acceptable standards to ensure children are protected against unacceptable behaviour.

"Any parent issued with a 547 notice banning them from entering a school premises would have to wait outside the gate to collect their child."

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