The New Schools Act
Previously, teachers had been allowed to restrain pupils under common law, with the same authority as parents.
But the new law explicitly states that teachers have the right to physically restrain and remove unruly pupils, and impose detention, including sessions outside school hours and on Saturdays.
Teachers will be able to discipline pupils outside school too - if they see children behaving badly on public transport, for instance.
..The Act extends schools' powers to make parents take responsibility for their children's actions if they misbehave, through the use of parenting contracts, enforceable with a fine of up to 1,000 pounds.
Other gems included in the act are:
(1) A local education authority in England must-
(a) prepare for each academic year a document containing their strategy to promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of their area ("a sustainable modes of travel strategy"),
(b) publish the strategy in such manner and by such time as may be prescribed, and
(c) promote the use of sustainable modes of travel to meet the school travel needs of their area.
A local education authority in England shall exercise their functions under this section with a view to-
(a) securing diversity in the provision of schools, and
(b) increasing opportunities for parental choice."
No admission arrangements for a community, foundation or voluntary school may make provision for selection by ability ...No admission arrangements for a maintained school may require or authorise any interview with an applicant for admission to the school or his parents, where the interview is to be taken into account (to any extent) in determining whether the applicant is to be admitted to the school.
A bit of a dogs dinner, clearing up what reasonable teachers can do and where is probably a good thing, extending teachers rights over parental rights for out of school hours detentions is a worrying step. And the inclusion of all this equality and sustainability guff is plain wrong.