Neil Munro reports on the figures behind the changing line on enforcing school discipline
A new teaching video called Tough Options has been produced by the children's charity NCH Scotland, designed to stimulate classroom discussion on issues surrounding disruptive and criminal behaviour among young people.
The makers hope it will force pupils to think more carefully when they come under pressure from others that might lead them into trouble, especially in cases where they face the dilemma of taking that course or loing their friends. The options are presented through a group of young people telling what happened to them.
One of the schools which piloted the video was Whitburn Academy where Stuart Hunter, who has now moved to be principal teacher of religious education in Nairn, said there was "absolute silence in the classes I showed it to". The video could be used in RE and personal and social education as well as in English and history.
* The video and teaching pack can be ordered from NCH Scotland on 0131 346 7086.