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

Aug 29, 2019 by

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 plans are part of a suite of measures to crack down on bad behaviour in schools, according to a leaked report.

The largest teaching union in the UK has criticised the proposals – which suggest using additional physical contact – for being ill-defined

Mary Bousted, joint general secretary of the National Education Union, said: “Teachers and school staff are already able to use ‘reasonable restraint’, but the leaked proposals of ‘reasonable force’ implies [more kinds of] physical contact.

“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.”

Source: Government criticised over ‘dangerous’ proposals encouraging teachers to ‘use reasonable force’ to curb bad behaviour | The Independent

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