Schools: Discipline

Education written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the implementation and effectiveness of the provisions relating to school discipline in the Education Act 2011.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

This Government have, through the Education Act 2011, taken action to restore teachers' authority in the classroom by strengthening their powers to promote good behaviour and maintain discipline.

Early indications are that teachers are feeling more positive about the standard of pupils' behaviour in schools. The ‘National Foundation for Educational Research Teacher Voice Omnibus February 2012 survey: pupil behaviour’, published on 26 June, found that, of the teachers surveyed, more than three out of four (76%) said the standard of behaviour was ‘good’ or ‘very good’ in their schools. This is an increase of six percentage points compared with the previous survey in 2008. More than four out of five teachers (85%) felt well equipped to manage pupil behaviour. While these findings are encouraging, the survey also found that three out of five (60%) of teachers asked felt that ‘negative pupil behaviour is driving teachers out of the profession’. While this is a welcome decrease of eight percentage points from the 2008 survey, it shows there is still more to do. The survey's findings show how the Government's work to back teachers in improving behaviour is starting to deliver encouraging results.

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