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Teachers to be given guidelines over acceptable punishments

03/02/2014 Kelly
Teachers are being encouraged to use traditional sanctions as a means of deterring bad behaviour in the classroom.

New guidelines are to be published by the Department for Education outlining the methods teachers may use to discipline unruly pupils. Punishments advocated include weeding school grounds, picking up litter and tidying classrooms.

Although there has been significant progress since 2010, 700,000 pupils are currently being educated in institutions where behaviour is still below acceptable standards. According to a recent survey, one in three teachers are unsure of the powers they have at their disposal to enforce the rules of appropriate behaviour.

Under the new guidelines, more details of appropriate punishments will be provided to ensure those in education jobs have the confidence to discipline badly-behaved pupils. While legal backing for sanctions is clear, official examples of such sanctions have previously been unavailable. 

Many traditional methods of punishment, such as writing lines or imposing detention, are to be included in the new guidelines.

"Standards of behaviour are already improving in schools but there is much more still to do. These new guidelines will give teachers the confidence to be tougher on bad behaviour and ensure every child has the chance to learn in a controlled, orderly environment," Mr Gove commented. 

National Union of Teachers deputy general secretary Kevin Courtney said the vast majority of schools have acceptable levels of behaviour and many of the punishments mentioned are already in use. He emphasised the importance of good teacher training and support to ensure teachers are able to deal with difficult situations.

Mr Gove's abandonment of Qualified Teacher Status and "running down local authority support services" had served to undermine this support, he claimed.

Some teachers have welcomed the announcements, however. David McFadden, headmaster of the London Oratory School, said the new guidelines would ensure teachers are able to combine rewards for good behaviour with sanctions to deter bad behaviour, the Telegraph reports.

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