By Eleanor Harding Education Editor For The Daily Mail
Published: 00:50 BST, 4 May 2019 | Updated: 00:50 BST, 4 May 2019
Pushy parents are driving teachers out of their jobs by ranting on social media when their children get told off, the Education Secretary has warned.
Damian Hinds said that while the vast majority of families back schools, a minority are launching online campaigns against teachers when they disagree with discipline policies.
He revealed that he plans to update guidance for heads and teachers on what to do when they are ‘cyber-bullied’ by parents and pupils.
Education Secretary Damian Hinds said he recently met a group of children who told him the thing they most wanted to change about their school was that there were ‘other kids in the class that have come not ready and are not wanting to learn’ [File photo]
He told the conference of the NAHT school leaders’ union: ‘Teachers and leaders should not be subject to online abuse simply for doing their jobs.’ He also said social media companies had a role in protecting victims.
Speaking earlier to the Daily Mail, he said ‘it used to be that if you were in trouble at school you were in trouble at home’.
He added: ‘That’s still true in lots of cases but there is this minority. In the very worst cases – and I do stress this is a tiny minority – social media then comes into play.
‘Social media changes everything. It does concern me greatly because I want to attract and retain the