Government criticised over ‘dangerous’ proposals encouraging teachers to ‘use reasonable force’ to curb bad behaviour

Ministers have been accused of setting a “dangerous” precedent over proposed education reforms that would encourage teachers to “use reasonable force” against unruly pupils. The Independent reports.

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the NEU, said: “This seems dangerously open to interpretation – what one person considers to be ‘reasonable’ another person may not. We don’t want teachers exercising reasonable force, we want well-disciplined schools which are well funded.”

The leaked paper was also said to contain evidence that Downing Street and the DfE had calculated that there are too many TAs working in the education system.

The document allegedly advises against going public with the proposed cuts, warning it would “undermine the ‘hearts and minds’ aspect of the announcement” with parents, teachers, heads and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) campaigners who value TAs.

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