They said ..

2nd May 2008 at 01:00
'Disruptive pupils can't be admonished' - The Daily Telegraph
'Disruptive pupils can't be admonished' - The Daily Telegraph

We say ...

This will come as news to many teachers, especially those who read last year's guidance on school discipline. The advice, published by the then Department for Education and Skills, won headlines for its recommendation that pupils should be praised more than they are punished - at a ratio of five to one.

However, it was also made clear that teachers could take action against unruly children, even to the extent of using physical force against those who are violent and disciplining pupils they saw misbehaving outside school premises.

The advice also said that staff had the right to keep misbehaving pupils in detention after school or on Saturdays without their parents' permission.

So, while a softly-softly approach is recommended in the first instance, sanctions against the disruptive are possible, and advised.

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