Schools: Disruptive Children

House of Lords written question – answered at on 20 January 2009.

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Photo of Lord Steinberg Lord Steinberg Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to address disruptive and violent behaviour in schools.

Photo of Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children, Young People and Families)

The overwhelming majority of schools are orderly places. The Government recognise that a small minority of pupils present challenging behaviour problems and back head teachers' authority to intervene to tackle bad behaviour and to prevent problems from spiralling out of control.

We have significantly strengthened schools' powers to discipline by introducing a range of legislation to protect schools from challenges to their disciplinary authority and to reinforce parental responsibility. New measures in the fourth Session Children, Skills and Learning Bill include extending the existing power to search pupils for weapons to also include alcohol, illegal drugs and stolen property.

In addition to new legal powers, we have also provided schools with high-quality training, materials and consultancy support to enable them to promote positive behaviour. We are also helping them to form partnerships with other schools, police and other agencies to strengthen behaviour management.

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