Majority of Parents and Children Want Tougher Discipline in UK Schools

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16th September 2011 17:14 - Education

A survey by The Times Educational Supplement has revealed that both parents and schoolchildren have voted for teachers to take tougher measures when it comes to classroom discipline

In total, 91% of parents and 62% of children want tougher discipline in general, such as suspension, expulsion and detention.

Additionally, 49% of parents said smacking or caning should be brought back to deal with very bad behaviour, while surprisingly, one in five secondary school children agreed with them.

The use of caning in classrooms was abolished in 1986, but 25 years on, it seems that many parents would like to see it re-instated.

Following the riots in August, Education Secretary Michael Gove called for stronger discipline in schools. And on September 1, teachers were given greater support when dealing with allegations from students they had disciplined and extra power to tackle poor behaviour.

The Department for Education however has said they have no intention of ever reintroducing corporal punishment.

Nevertheless, a spokesperson for the National Union of Teachers, Amanda Brown, commented: “Parents are right to demand that their children learn in a safe and ordered environment - that's why we are toughening up teachers' disciplinary powers and restoring their authority.”

She added: “This research shows that there's a real consensus within the school community that what everybody wants is a calm ordered environment that pupils can learn in and teachers can teach in."

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