New British government makes initial announcements

| September 21, 2010

The new British government education department has announced measures to meet one of its education pledges – to improve classroom discipline. The proposed changes are still being discussed by the Education Partnership (the governmentprofessional association forum, which used to be called the Social Partnership) in association with representatives from the teaching profession, but key elements have been released.

From September 2011, schools will able to issue detentions ‘on-the-spot’, without having to give 24 hours notice, for example. By that date also, under the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, school authorities will be able to search not just for weapons, but also for alcohol, illegal drugs and stolen goods. In time, the government plans to extend the list of searchable items to include “any item which may cause disorder or pose a threat to safety”, subject to Parliamentary approval.

Also under development are plans to enable teachers to restrain pupils without fear of redress, to secure anonymity, and to protect staff against false accusations. Mick Brookes, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), says: “School staffs need to feel they can instil discipline without being challenged or
the victims of unfounded and sometimes malicious allegations.”

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