Writing in the Huffington Post, schools minister Nick Gibb says that sometimes exclusions are necessary, and under government reforms teachers have greater powers to tackle bad behaviour.
…While exclusion is not a magic bullet, and we encourage schools to consider all options before deciding to exclude a child, it is a necessary power that head teachers need as a last resort. But thanks to our reforms teachers now have greater powers than ever before to tackle poor behaviour before it gets to the point where exclusion is necessary.
We have strengthened teachers’ rights to issue no-notice detentions, search for prohibited items and use reasonable force to remove children from classrooms. We have also made behaviour management a crucial part of a headteacher’s training.
Now we are going even further by appointing Tom Bennett, a world-renowned expert on pupil behaviour, to lead a group to look into the best approaches of ensuring teachers are fully trained to deal with unruly pupils.
But often headteachers decide that exclusion is necessary to allow their other hard-working children to fulfil their potential. We back them fully in these difficult decisions and have ensured they have the confidence to exclude pupils when this is necessary. To help this we have ended the unfair situation where a school’s decision to exclude an unruly child could be overturned based on technicalities by external panels.
This has ensured the authority of the school is no longer undermined, putting them firmly back in charge of exclusions. In the first year after we reformed exclusion decisions the number of pupils reinstated dropped by half in maintained schools, signalling the empowerment of schools over discipline…
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