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Staff are to be given new powers to tackle unacceptable behaviour, if the new Education Bill secures a smooth passage through Parliament.

But the Bill has sparked new controversy by including the suggestion that poorly-behaved pupils can be put into weekend detentions. ‘NASUWT has worked long and hard to reduce the workload of teachers and this would be a step backwards,’ said Deputy General Secretary Jerry Bartlett.

To support the new powers teachers will be given on discipline, the DfES has issued new guidelines offering suggestions for lessons, staff training and anti-bullying strategies to drive racist bullying out of school. Download Bullying around racism, religion and culture via: www.teachernet.gov.uk/racistbullying.

Dissent continues
Meanwhile, dissent about the plans to create Trust schools continues. NUT secretary for Derbyshire Bill Greenshields sums up a core concern: ‘Competition between schools, vying for pupils, will mean some will become unmanageably large while others will lose funding and could be forced to close.’

This article first appeared in Curriculum Management Update – Apr 2006

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