Teachers are to be provided with extra training to deal with low-level disruption in the classroom and ensure education standards remain high.
Behaviour expert Tom Bennett is to head a group that will develop new training methods to deal with pupils swinging on chairs, playing on mobile phones, making silly comments to get attention and other disruptive activities.
Although these disruptions are minor when considered individually, they can have a damaging cumulative effect. Education inspectorate Ofsted found they could lead to youngsters losing up to an hour of learning time per day.
Mr Bennett said: "Parents and children deserve safe, calm learning spaces, and teachers deserve to be equipped with sensible strategies that maximise learning, safety and flourishing. I'm delighted to lead a group which will offer advice on doing just that."
Other reforms unveiled by the education secretary include raising the bar for attainment at GCSE level, so that a 'good pass' - currently a C grade - will become a grade 5 under the new numerical scale.
This will make it comparable to the standard aimed for by pupils in top-performing countries such as Finland, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
In addition, Progress 8 will replace five A* to C grades as the new headline performance measure. As a result, schools will be encouraged to focus on raising the attainment of all pupils rather than focusing on moving them across a narrow borderline.
The final measure announced by the education secretary stipulates that all pupils starting secondary school this September must study the English Baccalaureate (EBacc), which covers English, maths, science, history or geography, and a language at GCSE.
Introduced in 2010, the EBacc was designed to give those from disadvantaged backgrounds the opportunity to study academic subjects. The proportion of pupils entered for the EBacc has almost doubled since 2010, rising from 22 per cent to 39 per cent in 2014.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels