Schools: Discipline

Department for Education written question – answered on 17th October 2017.

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Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department is taking to raise levels of discipline in schools.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill Minister of State (Department for Education)

The Government has already made great strides in empowering teachers to tackle bad behaviour, making clear teachers can use reasonable force to maintain behaviour, extending their searching powers and allowing teachers to impose same-day detentions.

Recognising poor behaviour is still a problem in some schools. The Government commissioned behaviour expert Tom Bennett to conduct two independent reviews on behaviour. The first, focused on initial teacher training (published July 2016). The second, focused on behaviour management in schools, with a particular focus on leadership, culture and systems used to tackle disruptive pupil’s behaviour (published March 2017). This review highlighted strategies school leaders can employ to design, build, and maintain a school culture that prevent classroom disruption, maintain good discipline and promotes pupils’ education, focus and wellbeing.

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