‘Banter’ causes discipline problems and should be kept out of schools, headteacher says

It has become commonplace in offices, overheard in pubs and irritatingly deployed by TV hosts, but according to one school leader there is one place “banter” should never be deployed – the classroom. iNews reports

Keziah Featherstone, head of school at Q3 Academy Tipton in Birmingham, and lead member of think tank the Headteachers’ Roundtable, believes teachers should avoid using banter at all times.

“Whether it’s bribing kids with low expectations, letting them get away with murder or trying to be their friend, it won’t work as a parent and it won’t work in the classroom,” Ms Featherstone said. “This is why I really don’t like ‘banter’.”

“Being the butt of the joke in front of an entire class, under the direction of a teacher, is never going to establish trust. Nor is being called names, or being goaded. And, often, that is exactly what banter amounts to”

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