Andrea Jenkyn Flipping The Bird Causes Dispute

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After Andrea Jenkyns was seen raising her middle finger at a crowd gathered outside Downing Street, education unions have written to the newly appointed education minister warning that her use of an obscene gesture and her excuses since would be unacceptable from a pupil or member of staff.

 

Jenkyns has been widely criticised for her actions and has attempted to defend herself by claiming she was only responding to “a few” people in the crowd who were abusive.

 

However, teaching unions have clarified that they do not believe this is an acceptable excuse and have called on Jenkyns to apologise for her behaviour.

 

In their letter, the unions said: “Your conduct fell well below the standards we would expect from any member of the teaching profession, and it is right that you apologise for your actions.”

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They added: “Teachers are expected to set a good example to their pupils, and this incident will have caused damage to the profession’s reputation.”

 

Jenkyns has so far refused to apologise for her actions, claiming she was merely responding to “a few” people in the crowd who were being abusive.

 

This incident highlights the need for all members of the teaching profession to behave professionally and responsibly at all times. Education minister Andrea Jenkyns, after she was seen raising her middle finger at a crowd gathered outside Downing Street.

 

The letter from Unison, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union, published on Monday, expressed grave concern at her actions and their likely impact on school standards.

 

It said: “As representatives of the teachers, leaders and support staff who run our nation’s schools and colleges, we are deeply aware of how important professional conduct, ethical standards, and appropriate behaviour are for our children and young people.

 

“We note your comment that you were responding to a ‘baying mob’, plus your suggestion that this somehow justifies your resorting to an obscene gesture. We want to remind you that teachers are expected to lead by example at all times and that there can be no justification for such behaviour, no matter how provoked.”

 

The unions added: “This incident will have caused damage to the profession’s reputation, and we expect you to apologise for your actions without further delay.”

 

Jenkyns has so far refused to apologise for her actions, claiming she was merely responding to “a few” people in the crowd who were being abusive.

 

This incident highlights the need for all members of the teaching profession to behave professionally and responsibly at all times. Education minister Andrea Jenkyns, after she was seen raising her middle finger at a crowd gathered outside Downing Street.

 

The letter from Unison, the Association of School and College Leaders, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Education Union, published on Monday, expressed grave concern at her actions and their likely impact on standards in schools.

 

It said: “As representatives of the teachers, leaders and support staff who run our nation’s schools and colleges, we are deeply aware of how important professional conduct, ethical standards, and appropriate behaviour are for our children and young people.

 

“We note your comment that you were responding to a ‘baying mob’, plus your suggestion that this somehow justifies your resorting to an obscene gesture. We want to remind you that teachers are expected to lead by example at all times and that there can be no justification for such behaviour, no matter how provoked.”

 

The unions added: “This incident will have caused damage to the profession’s reputation, and we expect you to apologise for your actions without further delay.”

 

Jenkyns has so far refused to apologise for her actions, claiming she was merely responding to “a few” people in the crowd who were being abusive.

 

What do you think about the unions’ reaction to Jenkyns’ actions? Do you think she should apologise? Let us know in the comments below.

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