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MATs accused of humiliating pupils with controversial tactic

Two academy trusts have been accused of using the controversial 'flattening the grass' behaviour-management policy

The education sector continues to reverberate with allegations that two high-profile multi-academy trusts used a controversial behaviour approach known as “flattening the grass”.

Last week, Tes reported claims that staff from Outwood Grange Academies Trust and Delta Academies Trust engaged in the “ritual humiliation” and “public shaming” of pupils to instil discipline.

Insiders told Tes that the trusts implement the approach when they take over a new school, beginning with a series of “rolling assemblies” for each year group that are packed out with MAT executives.

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