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A week in secondary: 10 February 2017

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Teachers in Scotland will not be given extra powers to search students suspected of carrying weapons because this would “radically change” the teacher-pupil relationship. Education secretary John Swinney made the announcement in response to the inquiry into the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Aberdeen schoolboy Bailey Gwynne in 2015. Mr Swinney will not take forward a recommendation that could have paved the way for teachers to compel a pupil to be searched, a practice that is currently possible in schools in England.

Two teachers have been barred from teaching. Colin Bell, a biology and science ...

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