Heads at a loss over discipline
As a body the heads go beyond the academic researchers. Low-level, irritating indiscipline may be a bane, as research uncovered years ago. But seriously had behaviour is also to be found. The two may need diferent approaches.
Yet having built their case, the heads offer no new solutions. That is not their fault. If there was a simple answer, they would have implemented it. But there is no single counter to indiscipline.
Still, the Executive might have expected more from heads than a Panglossian wish-list. The debate at their conference last month produced a raft of initiatives emphasising the positive. No doubt there are horses for courses, and what has made a difference in one school might be ineffective elsewhere. But whereas individual heads sound a positive note, when they come together they wring their hands.