Backing down on behaviour will backfire

22nd April 2011 at 01:00

Everybody knows that bad behaviour is the biggest obstacle to learning in schools. I'm glad to see that it's finally been recognised and talked about ("Union's warning to heads: you must face up to bad behaviour", 15 April).

I'm an NQT and am totally amazed at what kids get away with, only to be given a "warning" by management.

Pupils need to be more than told that swearing and acting aggressively towards their teacher is wrong - they need a proper sanction or they will keep doing it.

AislingM, Via

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